Methocarbamol may not be the right choice for every patient. In such cases, it is essential to discuss with a medical provider potential methocarbamol alternatives.
What are your options when it comes to alternatives for methocarbamol?
For Neck Pain
Methocarbamol is just one of a number of useful muscle relaxants for neck pain. Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) is just as helpful for many people to treat muscle spasms that might cause neck pain.
Valium (diazepam) is another possibility for treating anxiety. Valium comes with some risks, though, such as dependence. However, it works effectively for both muscle spasms and anxiety and has less severe withdrawal symptoms than many drugs.
For Back Pain
Metaxalone (Metaxall, Skelaxin) works as a muscle relaxant for back pain. It also tends to have fewer side effects than methocarbamol. It has a lower sedative effect and is better tolerated.
Menstrual cramps occur when the uterus contracts, which is similar to a muscle spasm. There are a variety of treatment options for this form of pain, though, including self-care. For severe menstrual cramps not relieved by heat, something as simple as over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories, like Advil or Aleve, might work.
Those with chronic and debilitating menstrual cramps might talk to their medical provider about hormonal birth control to prevent ovulation and reduce the severity of cramps in that way.