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Methocarbamol is a muscle relaxant that is available by prescription only. It is used for the short-term treatment of muscle spasms. The medicine comes in tablet and injection form; the tablets are usually taken three or four times a day. This drug works mostly on the central nervous system, rather than directly on the muscles, to relieve pain. Side effects include confusion, dizziness, and nausea.

What Is Methocarbamol?

Methocarbamol (Robaxin®) is a prescription muscle relaxant approved for relieving the pain associated with short-term, painful "musculoskeletal conditions," such as muscle spasms due to an injury. It should be used in combination with rest, physical therapy, and other treatments.
(Click What Is Methocarbamol Used For? for more information on what this drug is used for, including possible off-label uses.)

Possible Side Effects

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with methocarbamol. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can be treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious reactions are less common.
Some of the possible side effects of methocarbamol include but are not limited to:
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion.
(Click Methocarbamol Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
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