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Methocarbamol is a muscle relaxant that obstructs the transmission of nerve impulses that are sent to the brain. Methocarbamol is used to treat injuries as well as painful muscular conditions. Besides this, Methocarbamol also finds application in the treatment of tetanus.

Why is this drug prescribed?

Methocarbamol is a muscle relaxant which along with physical therapy, rest and other measures can relax the muscles and lessens the pain and discomfort that might have resulted from sprains, strains and other muscle injuries.

How to take Methocarbamol?

Methocarbamol is available in the form of a tablet or pill and can be taken orally along with a glass full of water. This medicine is usually taken four times a day in the beginning but later this dosage may be changed to six times per day. Make sure that you take this drug as directed by the physician without exceeding the
normal dose.

Precautions to be followed during the drug administration: -

Before taking Methocarbamol, tell your doctor in case you are allergic to this drug or to any other drugs. Let the physician know what medicines you are taking currently especially those related to depression, colds, sedatives, seizures, tranquilizers and vitamins. Tell the physician if you are pregnant, planning for pregnancy or breast-feeding your baby. Do not drink alcohol during the course of this treatment and also avoid hazardous tasks if you feel drowsy.

What are the side effects associated with this drug?

Methocarbamol may exhibit various types of side effects which include: –
• Dizziness
• Drowsiness
• Stomach upset
• Fever
• Blurred vision
• Itching
• Severe skin rash
• Nausea, flushing, headache, vomiting, fainting
• Constipation, light-headedness, persistent sore throat
• Irregular heart beat, clumsiness, yellowing of eyes or skin
• Mood change, difficulty in urinating
• Skin rash, swelling, breathing problems due to allergic reactions

On experiencing any of the above symptoms, call the doctor immediately in order to avoid further complications.


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