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Generic Name: Methocarbamol

Brands: Robaxin

Class: Skeletal muscle relaxants

Availability: Prescription required

Molecular Formula: C11H15NO5

Substance UNII: 125OD7737X

What is Methocarbamol?

Methocarbamol is a skeletal muscle relaxant. It is the generic name of the trade name drug Robaxin.

What is Methocarbamol Used For?

Methocarbamol is a muscle relaxant used for short-term pain relief from muscle spasms or other skeletal muscular conditions.

How Does Methocarbamol Work?

It’s not clear how this medication works. The current theory is that methocarbamol depresses the central nervous system, allowing the muscles to relax. 

How Long Does it Take for Methocarbamol to Work?

Adults should feel the effect in an hour or two, and 30 minutes for children. 

Do Not Use Methocarbamol If:

There are several situations where this medication may not be the right choice for you. According to the FDA, the following should not use methocarbamol:

  • There is a history of hypersensitivity to methocarbamol or any ingredient in the tablet or injection solution
  • Hepatic impairment (Liver disease)
  • Renal impairment (Kidney disease)
  • Seizure disorders

Please note that this list may not be complete, and there may be other situations where the use of this drug is not advisable.

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