Robaxin (Methocarbamol) Signs, Symptoms And Side Effects
Robaxin may be prescribed for the treatment of lockjaw when individuals are exposed to tetanus. Higher doses, in the range of 24 grams a day, are often required for reducing lockjaw. Lower doses of three to six grams per day are typically prescribed for the treatment of general muscle spasms and associated pain.
General side effects of methocarbamol can include tachycardia (rapid heart rate), bradycardia (slow heart rate), dizziness, blurred vision, nausea, headache, confusion, drowsiness, clumsiness, constipation, memory problems and flushed/itchy skin. Other serious side effects, including fainting, jaundice, persistent vomiting and abdominal pain can occur.
On rare occasions, suicidal thoughts can occur when Robaxin is taken in large quantities. Such symptoms should be reported to the prescribing doctor immediately. Methocarbamol may also cause urine to turn blue, black or green. Discolored urine is not an indicator of something harmful occurring inside the body and should be considered harmless.
Methocarbamol has several potential contraindications to use. The elderly are rarely prescribed methocarbamol due to the increased risk for severe side effects. Robaxin should not be taken during pregnancy. Early research indicates that methocarbamol may lead to an increased likelihood of congenital birth defects in offspring. However, more research needs to be done to investigate this possibility. Studies indicate that methocarbamol is present in the breast milk of lactating mothers. It is unknown as to whether infants fed the breast milk of mothers taking Robaxin results in harmful effects to the child.
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