Robaxin (Methocarbamol) for Prostatitis
Robaxin (methocarbamol [meth-oh-KAR-ba-mal]) is a muscle relaxant used to treat muscle spasms and pain. It is usually used in conjunction with other treatment, including physical therapy and rest.
If you are allergic to any of the ingredients found in Robaxin, do not take this drug.
Robaxin may produce a central nervous system (CNS) depressant effect; be sure to discuss with your physician information about combining alcohol and other CNS depressants with this drug. CNS depressants may include antihistamines or cold medicines, sedatives, narcotics, seizure medication, or anesthetics.
Talk to your physician before taking this medication if you have epilepsy, as Robaxin may increase your risk of seizures.
Inform your physician if you have kidney disease or liver problems before taking this medication.
Particular caution should be used when administering this drug to the elderly, as they may be more prone to side effects.
Why Is Robaxin Prescribed for Prostatitis?
Robaxin is prescribed to relieve pain caused by chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS). It can relax muscles associated with pelvic tension.
How Should Robaxin Be Used?
Take Robaxin orally with or without food. This drug is usually taken three or four times daily.
Dose is dependent on medical condition and response to treatment. This drug may need to be reduced after a few days of treatment.
Do not take more than the dose prescribed. If you increase your dose, you increase your risk of side effects.
If your condition continues or worsens, inform your physician.
Other Uses for Robaxin
Robaxin is used to treat muscle pain and spasms caused by injury, strains, or sprains. This drug may be used to treat tetanus.
Do I Need To Follow Special Precautions?
This drug may cause dizziness or drowsiness. Until you are certain you can perform certain activities safely, do not drive, operate machinery, or perform any activity that requires alertness.
Talk to your doctor about use of alcohol with Robaxin. Alcohol may make side effects of Robaxin worse.
If you are over 65 years old, there are safer or more effective medications for older adults.
This medication should not be used in women who are or may become pregnant.
If you take this medication for any length of time, your physician should monitor your progress with regular visits.
Talk to your physician about any medications you are currently taking before taking Robaxin.
Do I Need to Follow a Special Diet When Taking Robaxin?
Unless your doctor provides any dietary restrictions or guidelines, continue your normal diet.
What If I Forget a Dose?
If a dose is missed, take the medication as soon as you remember. However, if nearing the time when you are supposed to take the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your regular schedule. If a dose is missed, do not double the dose.
Are There Side Effects When Taking Robaxin for Prostatitis?
Side effects may include:
- Flu symptoms, including fever or chills
- Slow or fast heart rate
- Jaundice or other changes in skin color
- Abdominal pain or nausea
- Tarry, dark stools
- Chest pain
- Dark or discolored urine
- Trouble swallowing
- Sensation of warmth
- Pain in the joints, muscles, feet, or legs
- Loss of appetite, bladder control, or memory
- Numbness of face or extremities
- Pain or trouble with urinating
- Red, sore eyes
- Sore throat
- Swollen glands
- Bad breath
- Abnormal bleeding or bruising
- Vomiting blood
If you experience any of the above serious side effects, inform your physician promptly.
Seek emergency attention immediately if you experience any of these symptoms of an allergic reaction:
- Trouble breathing
- Swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat
Does Robaxin Have Special Storage Instructions?
Store this medication in its original container tightly sealed.
This medication should be stored at room temperature away from light and moisture. Keep this medication away from children and pets. Do not store in the bathroom.
Discard this product properly when it is expired. (Do not flush it down the toilet or rinse it down the drain.)
What Do I Do in the Case of an Accidental Overdose?
Symptoms of an overdose may include:
- Trembling or twitching on one side of the body or in one area
- Extreme sleepiness
In case of a suspected overdose, contact an emergency room or poison control center immediately. For a local control center in the United States, call 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents: call a poison control center within your province.
What Else Should I Know about Robaxin for Prostatitis?
Other nonprescription or prescription medications or supplements may interact with Robaxin. Discuss the products you take with your physician when beginning Robaxin.