Methocarbamol - Drug Information

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General Information on Methocarbamol

Generic Name : Methocarbamol

Pronunciation : meth oh kar' ba mole

Latest prescription information about Methocarbamol. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y55.1 | Therapeutic Classification : Skeletal Muscle Relaxants

Trade Names/Brand Names of Methocarbamol

Why is Methocarbamol Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is a muscle relaxant, prescribed for muscle pain and discomfort caused by strains, sprains and injuries.  It blocks nerve impulses that are sent to brain.

When should Methocarbamol not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Hypersensitivity.

Pregnancy Category

A B C D X

Category C :

Animal studies have shown adverse effects on the fetus and there are no appropriate studies in pregnant women, but potential benefits may allow the use of the drug in pregnant women despite the potential for risks.

What is the dosage of Methocarbamol?

Initial dosage: 3 tablets (500mg) 4 times per day.
Maintenance dosage: 2 tablets (500mg) 4 times per day.

How should Methocarbamol be taken?

It comes as a tablet to take by mouth, with or without food.

What are the warnings and precautions for Methocarbamol?

Caution should be exercised in patients with history of kidney or liver impairment, myasthenia gravis, any allergy, who are taking other medications, elderly, children less than 12 years, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
It may cause drowsiness, dizziness, lightheadedness, or blurred vision, do not drive a car operate machinery while taking this medication.
Avoid alcohol consumption.

What are the side effects of Methocarbamol?

   Body as a whole : Shock, swelling in the extremities, fever and headache.
   Heart : Slow heart rate, flushing, low blood pressure, fainting and vein inflammation.
   Gastrointestinal : Indigestion, jaundice, nausea and vomiting.
   Blood : Decrease in white blood cells.
   Immune system : Hypersensitivity reactions.
   Central Nervous system : Memory loss, confusion, double vision, dizziness, lightheadedness, drowsiness, sleeplessness, incoordination, night blindness, sedation, seizures and unsteadiness.
   Skin : Blurred vision, eye inflammation, nose congestion, metallic taste, itching, rash and hives.

What are the other precautions for Methocarbamol?

Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions of Methocarbamol?

Store it at room temperature (20-25C), and in an airtight container. Keep away from children.

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