methocarbamol

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GENERIC NAME: Methocarbamol

BRAND NAME: Robaxin

DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Methocarbamol is a skeletal muscle relaxant with sedative effects. The exact mechanism of how methocarbamol works is not known. Methocarbamol is presumed to work by depressing the central nervous system, leading to relaxation of muscles. The FDA approved methocarbamol in July 1957.

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

PREPARATIONS: Tablets: 500, 750 mg. Injection: 100 mg /ml

STORAGE: Store methocarbamol tablets between 20 C – 25 C (68 F – 77 F). Store methocarbamol injection preparations between temperatures of 15 C - 30 C (59 F – 86 F).

PRESCRIBED FOR: Methocarbamol is prescribed for the relief of discomfort associated with painful skeletal muscle spasms. Methocarbamol is also used for relief from tetanus spasms.

DOSING:

Musculoskeletal pain in adults:

Initially, take three 500 mg tablets by mouth 4 times a day for first 48 to 72 hours, then take 2 tablets by mouth 4 times a day for the maintenance of spasms.

If using 750 mg tablets take 2 tablets by mouth 4 times a day for the first 48 to 72 hours, then take 1 tablet by mouth every 4 hours or take 2 tablets by mouth 3 times a day for the maintenance of spasms.

The dose for injections is 1 gram intravenously or intramuscularly every 8 hours with a maximum dose of 3 grams per day for 3 days. If needed, the same course may be repeated after a 48 hour drug free interval.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/13/2014



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