Robaxin – FAQ

Robaxin (methocarbamol when sold as a generic) is a centrally-acting prescription muscle relaxant used to treat muscle spasms and to treat pain and discomfort related to muscle-related injuries. It works by affecting brain signals in the user’s central nervous system (CNS) that control muscle movement and pain signaling.

Considered to be non-addictive, the drug is not used very often for recreational purposes. Research shows that Robaxin has little effect at getting someone “high” and any effect that can be achieved (like drowsiness) only comes when the medication is taken at doses higher than originally prescribed.

Some users have not had great success at relieving pain when using Robaxin. In these cases, they up their doses in an attempt to find relief. This can be problematic as increasing the dose, or taking it more frequently than prescribed, can lead to the body developing a tolerance to the drug. Increased tolerance typically then leads to the person needing even more to feel any of their symptoms are getting better. As the tolerance grows, they can find that their body becomes dependent on Robaxin. Dependency can then become a true addiction and withdrawal can be difficult, sometimes kicking in the side effects that may not have been previously encountered. Side effects include ataxia, flushing, blurred vision, drowsiness, dizziness, increased or slowed heart rate, severe skin rash, mood changes, difficulty urinating, jaundice, and persistent nausea/vomiting with accompanying abdominal pain.

Whether you’ve used Robaxin yourself or know someone who has, you may have questions about this prescription drug. To learn more, check out our frequently asked questions or call a representative from The Recovery Village who can help get you answers.