Robaxin or methocarbamol is a muscle relaxant medication that works by blocking nerve impulses or, in simple words, the pain sensations that are sent to your brain. Robaxin is used to treat medical cases that involve skeletal muscle conditions such as pain and injury. Robaxin is prescribed to patients to reduce involuntary muscle spasm and the pain associated with it.
Ingredients of Robaxin
Robaxin contains one active ingredient, methocarbamol, which is an effective muscle relaxant that reduces muscle spasms.
Along with Methocarbamol, Robaxin contains a few inactive ingredients as well, namely
- magnesium stearate
- sodium lauryl sulfate
- sodium starch glycolate
- stearic acid
The general dosage for adults suffering from muscle spasm is,
For moderate to low symptoms: 1g IV or IM once, then switch to oral administration.
For severe symptoms/ Post-operative conditions: 1g IV or IM every 8 hours.
The maximum dosage for an adult is 3g in a span of 24 hours. A higher dosage is recommended for post-operative conditions in the first 48 to 72 hours; the dosage shall be reduced gradually to 4000 mg once a day.
Why Shouldn’t you Mix Alcohol and Robaxin?
Effects of Alcohol on Intake of Robaxin
- increased drowsiness or tiredness
- dizziness or light-headedness
- slowed breathing
- reduced motor control or coordination.
- Problems with memory.
- Increased risk of seizure
- Increased risk of overdose
Things to do if you have Already Mixed Alcohol With Robaxin
If you have already mixed alcohol with Robaxin, stop drinking immediately. This might help you not to increase the side effects. It is advised to seek help from a medical professional if you have had more than one drink.
Get help from a medical professional if you notice these symptoms,
- Vomiting or nausea
- slowed breathing
- feeling weak
- impaired movement/ lack of coordination
- palpitation or arrhythmias
- low blood pressure
Side effects of Robaxin
Common Robaxin side effects may include:
- Headache, dizziness, drowsiness.
- Confusion, problems with memory.
- Nausea, vomiting, upset stomach.
- Blurred vision, double vision
- Lack of coordination.
Robaxin can have some serious side effects on some patients, such as lightheaded feeling like you may pass out, slow heartbeat, seizure jaundice, pain/bruising/ swelling, or skin changes. Consult a doctor immediately if you start seeing these side effects.
It is not advisable to consume alcohol over Robaxin. Robaxin being a muscle relaxant, can cause depressive impacts on your body, and mixing alcohol with it will not only double the side effects but also prove to be fatal for your life. If you find yourself consuming alcohol along with Robaxin, get immediate medical help as soon as possible.