What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking this medication if you have:
- Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
- Seizures or epilepsy
- Any allergies, including to food, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Methocarbamol and Pregnancy)
- Breastfeeding (see Methocarbamol and Breastfeeding).
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Methocarbamol to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)
How Does Methocarbamol Work?It is not clear exactly how this medication helps to relieve muscle spasms. However, it is known to work mostly in the central nervous system (the brain and the spinal cord), not directly on the muscles.
When and How to Take ItSome general considerations to keep in mind when taking methocarbamol include the following:
- Methocarbamol comes in tablet form. It is usually taken three or four times daily.
- An injectable form of this drug is also available for injection into a vein or a muscle.
- You can take this medication with or without food.
- For methocarbamol to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed.