Methocarbamol

 
What is Methocarbamol and why is it prescribed?
Methocarbamol is prescribed, along with rest, physical therapy, and other measures, for the relief of pain due to severe muscular injuries, sprains, and strains. Methocarbamol is not a substitute for the rest or physical therapy needed for proper healing. Although Methocarbamol may temporarily make an injury feel better, do not let that tempt you into pushing your recovery. Lifting or exercising too soon may further damage the muscle.

How should you take Methocarbamol?
Follow your doctors directions for taking Methocarbamol. Do not take a larger dose or use more often than directed. If you miss a dose and only an hour or so has passed, take it as soon as you remember. If you do not remember until later, skip the dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not take two doses at once. Store Methocarbamol at room temperature in a tightly closed container.

Are there any Methocarbamol side effects?
Methocarbamol side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, inform your doctor as soon as possible. Methocarbamol side effects may include abnormal taste, allergic reaction, amnesia, blurred vision, confusion, double vision, dizziness, drop in blood pressure and fainting, drowsiness, fever, flushing, headache, hives, indigestion, insomnia, itching, light-headedness, nasal congestion, nausea, pinkeye, poor coordination, rash, seizures, slowed heartbeat, uncontrolled eye movement, vertigo, vomiting, and yellow eyes and skin.

What are the possible food and drug interactions when taking Methocarbamol?
If Methocarbamol is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. Be sure to inform your doctor of all the prescription and over the counter medications you are taking. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Methocarbamol with drugs that slow the nervous system, including: Alcohol, Drugs for myasthenia gravis (including Mestinon, Prostigmin, and Tensilon), Narcotic pain relievers (such as Percocet and Tylenol with Codeine), Sleep aids (such as Halcion and Seconal), or Tranquilizers (such as Xanax and Valium).

Are there any special warnings about Methocarbamol?
Methocarbamol can cause drowsiness and dizziness. Do not drive a car or operate potentially dangerous machinery until you know how the drug affects you. Tell your doctor if you have kidney or liver disease. These conditions may affect Methocarbamol's effectiveness. Avoid or be careful using alcoholic beverages. Methocarbamol may darken urine to brown, green, or black.
 

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