Robaxin (methocarbamol)

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Robaxin {Actient Pharmaceuticals}

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methocarbamol, pronounced meth oh KAR ba mal

Robaxin (Methocarbamol)

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The information contained in this drug guide is intended as an educational resource only. This guide is not exhaustive and does not contain all available information about this drug.This guide is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatment.

The information provided in this guide does not replace the need for the advice and services of medical professionals or the need for medical examination. Always talk to your physician or pharmacist before taking any prescription medication or over the counter drugs (including any supplements) or before making any changes to your treatment. Only your doctor, nurse or pharmacist can provide you with safe and effective advice regarding your drug treatment.

The use of the information in this guide is at your sole risk. This information is provided "AS IS" with no warranties to accuracy or timeliness.

**All trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

 

What is Robaxin?

Robaxin is a muscle relaxant that may be used to treat skeletal muscle injuries and pain. This
medication works by blocking your nerve impulses, specifically pain sensations, which are
sent to your brain. Your doctor may prescribe Robaxin along with physical therapy and rest.

Robaxin may also be used for reasons not stated in this medication guide.

 

Key Facts About Robaxin

If you have myasthenia gravis you should tell your doctor before taking Robaxin.

You should not drink alcohol while taking Robaxin, as it may increase certain side effects of
this medication.

Be aware that Robaxin may impair your reactions or thinking. You should be careful when
driving or doing anything which requires you to be alert, especially when you first start taking
Robaxin.

Your doctor may need to reduce your Robaxin dose after the first several days of treatment.
You should follow your doctor’s instructions exactly regarding how many tablets you should be
taking daily.

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Robaxin is in FDA pregnancy
category C. It is not known that if Robaxin may cause problems in your newborn. Consult with
your doctor if you become pregnant while taking Robaxin. You should not breastfeed while
taking Robaxin, as we do not know if Robaxin can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing
baby.

 

Before You Take Robaxin

If you are allergic to methocarbamolyou should not take Robaxin.

If you have myasthenia gravis you should tell your doctor before taking Robaxin.

Robaxin may cause unusual results for certain medical tests. You should tell any doctor that
treats you that you are taking Robaxin.

Tell your doctor if you regularly use allergy or cold medications, narcotic pain medicine,
sleeping pills, medications for seizures, depression or anxiety, as these drugs can lead to
excessive sleepiness caused by Robaxin.

 

Robaxin Drug Interactions

You should inform your doctor if you are taking any of the following:

  • antidepressants like such as citalopram (Celexa), clomipramine (Anafranil), escitalopram
  • (Lexapro), fluoxetine (Prozac, Sarafem), fluvoxamine (Luvox), paroxetine (Paxil) and sertraline
  • (Zoloft)
  • antihistamines or sleep medications like diphenhydramine (Benadryl) and chlorpheniramine
  • (Chlor-Trimeton)
  • bupropion (Wellbutrin or Zyban)
  • methadone (Dolophine or Methadose)
  • muscle relaxants such as Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine)
  • pain medications, especially narcotics such as Percocet (acetaminophen and oxycodone)
  • pyridostigmine (Mestinon)

Other drugs you take that are not listed may interact with Robaxin. You should tell your
doctor about all of the medications you use. This includes prescription drugs, vitamins,
supplements and herbal products, and over the counter medications. You should not
begin taking a new medication without telling your doctor first.

 

Directions for Taking Robaxin

You should take Robaxin exactly as directed by your doctor. It is important that you do not
take Robaxin in larger or smaller amounts, or for longer or shorter than recommended. Follow the
directions on your prescription label and follow any dose changes carefully if your doctor
instructs you to change your dose.

Robaxin may be taken with or without food.

You should take Robaxin with a full glass of water.

Robaxin needs to be stored at room temperature, and away from light, moisture and heat. Keep
your bottle tightly closed when you are not using it.

If you miss a dose of Robaxin you should attempt to take the missed dose as soon as you
remember. However, if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose do not take the missed
dose in addition to your regular dose.

 

Robaxin Side Effects

If you experience any of the following adverse effects you should stop taking Robaxin and seek
emergency medical help immediately:

  • allergic reactions such as breathing difficulties, hives, or swelling of your face, lips,
  • throat or tongue
  • fever with chills and flu-like symptoms
  • feeling faint
  • slow heart rate
  • jaundice (yellowing of your skin or eyes)
  • seizures

Less serious side effects of Robaxin may include:

  • blurry or double vision
  • confusion or memory problems
  • dizziness or spinning sensation
  • feeling drowsy
  • eye redness
  • flushing (redness with a warm or tingly feeling)
  • headache
  • insomnia
  • loss of balance
  • mild skin rash and itching
  • stuffy nose
  • upset stomach with nausea and vomiting

It should be noted that this is not a complete list of possible side effects of Robaxin. You
should contact your physician for a complete list and medical advice regarding these effects.

 

Robaxin Description and Dosing

Robaxin is available in 500 mg tablets and 750 mg tablets. The 500 mg tablets
are light orange, round, film-coated and engraved with ROBAXIN 500 on the unscored side and SP
above the score on the other side. The 750 mg tablets are orange, capsule-shaped, film-coated
tablets engraved with ROBAXIN 750 on one side and SP on the other side.
You should consult your doctor for specific dosing pertaining to you. Do not attempt to alter
or change your dose without your physician’s consent.

If you suspect that you have overdosed with Robaxin you should seek emergency help
immediately.

 

Ingredients in Robaxin

Robaxin is comprised of the main ingredient methocarbamol. Inactive ingredients in the 500 mg
tablets include corn starch, FD&C Yellow 6, hydroxypropyl cellulose, hypromellose, magnesium
stearate, polysorbate 20, povidone, propylene glycol, saccharin sodium, sodium lauryl sulfate,
sodium starch glycolate, stearic acid and titanium dioxide. The inactive ingredients in the 750
mg tablets are corn starch, FD&C Yellow 6, hydroxypropyl cellulose, hypromellose, magnesium
stearate, polysorbate 20, povidone, propylene glycol, saccharin sodium, sodium lauryl sulfate,
sodium starch glycolate, stearic acid, titanium dioxide and D&C Yellow 10.

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Disclaimer

The information contained in this drug guide is intended as an educational resource only. This guide is not exhaustive and does not contain all available information about this drug.This guide is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatment.

The information provided in this guide does not replace the need for the advice and services of medical professionals or the need for medical examination. Always talk to your physician or pharmacist before taking any prescription medication or over the counter drugs (including any supplements) or before making any changes to your treatment. Only your doctor, nurse or pharmacist can provide you with safe and effective advice regarding your drug treatment.

The use of the information in this guide is at your sole risk. This information is provided "AS IS" with no warranties to accuracy or timeliness.

**All trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.