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A muscle relaxant, methocarbamol is used (along with rest, physical therapy, and other treatments) to relieve pain due to muscle spasms. The medicine is usually taken as a tablet, but the injectable form is sometimes recommended to treat cases of tetanus (lockjaw). The tablets are approved for use in people who are at least 16 years old.
An Overview of Methocarbamol UsesMethocarbamol (Robaxin®) is a prescription medication used to treat muscle spasms and associated pain. The medicine is approved to be used along with rest, physical therapy, and other treatments to relieve pain from acute (short-term) muscle spasms. The injectable form is also approved to treat tetanus (lockjaw) when used in combination with other standard treatments.
A muscle spasm is an uncontrollable contraction of a muscle. Muscle spasms can cause pain, tenderness, and stiffness, and are a frequent cause of back pain. Most often, they are caused by injury, overuse, or similar problems (like sleeping in a strange position). Methocarbamol usually works quite well for these types of muscle spasms.