Precautions and Warnings With Methocarbamol
Methocarbamol may interfere with your ability to drive, as this drug is known to cause drowsiness and dizziness. Methocarbamol has several other warnings and precautions, such as being aware that the medicine may increase your risk of seizures and can react with other medications. Before beginning treatment, tell your healthcare provider if you have kidney disease, are pregnant, or have any allergies.
What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?Prior to taking methocarbamol (Robaxin®), tell your healthcare provider 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
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all of the medications you take, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Specific Precautions and Warnings With MethocarbamolSome warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking methocarbamol include the following:
- If you have epilepsy or a history of seizures, check with your healthcare provider before taking this drug. Methocarbamol might increase your risk of seizures.
- This medicine commonly causes drowsiness and dizziness, which may interfere with your ability to drive, operate heavy machinery, or focus mentally. Elderly people may be more susceptible to these methocarbamol side effects.
- You should avoid alcohol while taking methocarbamol, as additive effects (such as increased drowsiness, confusion, or memory loss) could occur.
- Methocarbamol can potentially interact with other medications (see Drug Interactions With Methocarbamol).
- It is unknown if methocarbamol is safe for use during pregnancy (see Methocarbamol and Pregnancy).
- Injectable methocarbamol vials contain dry natural rubber, which could cause allergic reactions in people with latex allergies.
- It is unknown if methocarbamol passes through breast milk in humans. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to taking the drug (see Methocarbamol and Breastfeeding).