Methocarbamol is a muscle relaxant medication sold under the brand name Robaxin. Robaxin is used along with rest and physical therapy for short-term musculoskeletal pain.
It relaxes muscles and relieves pain and discomfort caused by sprains, strains, and other muscle injuries/conditions. It works by slowing down the activity in the nervous system to allow the body to relax (Sibrack, J. and Hammer, R., 2020. Methocarbamol).
Does Methocarbamol Make You Sleepy?
Yes, methocarbamol can make you sleepy if taken in huge quantities and if taken with other sedative medication. Drowsiness/sleepiness is a common side effect of methocarbamol.
It is not advisable to take alcohol or other central nervous system depressant medication along with methocarbamol as it can enhance the side effect of drowsiness and can affect your concentration and focus.
Muscle relaxers are often suggested to be taken at night due to their high sedative effects. Driving and taking other important decisions should be avoided by patients if they are taking any muscle relaxers (Jung, H. and Chae, H.K., 2019).
Does It Affect Sleeping Patterns?
Robaxin can influence your sleeping pattern. Almost all muscle relaxants have drowsiness as their side effects and cause sleepiness in patients. People suffering from muscle pain usually face difficulty getting sleep at night due to pain.
Methocarbamol is usually prescribed to be taken at night due to its sedative effects and can help a patient sleep well.Taking methocarbamol during the day is not advised as it can cause a person to lose their concentration and focus and also affect their sleeping patterns (Jung, H. and Chae, H.K., 2019).
How Does Methocarbamol Work?
The exact mechanism of methocarbamol is not known. However, it is presumed that Methocarbamol works by depressing the central nervous system. This leads to the relaxation of muscles.
Although the drug isn’t an opioid drug, it does produce effects of drowsiness and dizziness, which users mistake for a high. Methocarbamol causes sleep problems such as insomnia during the initial stages of treatment as your body adjusts to this medication.
For light sleepers, they find it hard to sleep with muscle pain. Methocarbamol is prescribed for such patients as it can induce sleep. For deep sleepers, methocarbamol can enhance the drowsiness effect; hence it is usually prescribed to take during the night or when they aren’t going to engage in activities that require focus and concentration (Jung, H. and Chae, H.K., 2019).
Withdrawing From Methocarbamol
Stopping any medication abruptly can cause dangerous side effects. Speak with your healthcare provider before discontinuing methocarbamol. Methocarbamol has little to no evidence of withdrawal symptoms; however gradual decrease in the medication is advised for discontinuing the drug to prevent severe side effects.
As mentioned, Robaxin does not cause any withdrawal symptoms; however, methocarbamol abusers and addicts who take the medication in large quantities for recreational purposes can find it hard to discontinue the medication. Professionals have facilitated a methocarbamol detox program to provide a safe and effective transition to sobriety (Jung, H. and Chae, H.K., 2019).
Methocarbamol Levels of Usage and Effects
Methocarbamol is usually prescribed for a short time, along with rest and physical therapy to treat musculoskeletal conditions.
For beginners or initial users, methocarbamol usage in low dosages can cause insomnia (difficulty in sleeping).
For mild to average users, methocarbamol can produce effects of drowsiness/ sleepiness and can cause impaired motor controls if mixed with alcohol or other CNS depressant/sedative medication.
Methocarbamol usually isn’t prescribed for long-term use or in heavy doses. However, methocarbamol abusers take the drug in high dosages, which causes extreme drowsiness and sleepiness, which the users misunderstand for a high. Although Methocarbamol abuse is not very common.
Methocarbamol is a muscle relaxant medication that calms the central nervous. Methocarbamol does make a user sleepy. Drowsiness is a common side effect of methocarbamol.
Methocarbamol causes insomnia in the initial stages of treatment as the body tries to adapt to the drug. Methocarbamol shouldn’t be used with alcohol or other sedative medications as it can double the drowsiness side effect. Methocarbamol is usually prescribed at night because of the drowsiness side effects.
Methocarbamol causes loss of focus and concentration. Methocarbamol is usually not abused; however, users often misunderstand the drowsiness side effect of the drug as a “high.”