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The World of
Chronic Pain

More than 125 million Amercians are suffering.

Diseases &
Conditions

These conditions can cause a world of pain.

Medications
& Treatment

Be sure you know the cautions and side effects.

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Finding help is not always simple for those in pain.

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These tips can help prevent a lifetime of pain.

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Robaxin

Robaxin® contains one active ingredient... a central acting muscle relaxant that works to reduce muscle spasm and tension in the muscles. If there is additional pain associated with the muscle spasm, Robaxin® can be safely taken in combination with other analgesics.

Follow your doctor's guidelines about how often you should take Robaxin, and how much you should take. Do not exceed the amount your doctor has recommended, and do not take it more often.

Store Robaxin away from direct light and heat. Store in a dry location; avoid storing it in the bathroom, near sinks, or other areas where it may become damp. Do not use after the expiration date.

Keep Robaxin away from children; both when storing it, and when discarding any unused medication.

Robaxin may cause drowsiness or disorientation, and you should familiarize yourself with your reaction to it before engaging in potentially hazardous activities. Be cautious if you plan to drive or operate heavy machinery, avoid these activities if you find yourself feeling tired or experience slowed reactions.

Side Effects: Mild Robaxin Side Effects: Blurred or double vision, clumsiness, dizziness, drowsiness, faintness, or lightheadedness are the most common side effects, but are not usually a cause for concern. Less common, though not generally dangerous, side effects include abdominal cramps, confusion, excitement or restlessness, flushing, headache, heartburn, insomnia, irritability, irritable bowel, weakness.

Serious Robaxin Side Effects: Bloody urine, bloody or black stools, chills, cough, depression, difficult urination, difficulty breathing, eyes that are red, bloodshot, or stinging, fainting, fast breathing, fever, hives, itching, paradoxical muscle cramping, racing heartbeat or tightness in the chest, rash, sore throat, sores in mouth, stuffy nose, swelling around eyes, swollen or tender glands, unusual fatigue, unusual weakness, vomiting bloody or black material, yellow eyes or skin. These side effects range from uncommon to rare, but should you experience any of them while taking Robaxin, contact your doctor or seek medical attention immediately. The injection form of this medication has been known to cause seizures in rare cases, some caution may be advised if you have a history of seizure disorder.

Cautions: Some conditions, or histories of certain conditions, may indicate either caution or choosing an alternate treatment. If you have, or have ever had, any of the following conditions, you will need to consider your treatment carefully with your doctor. Access Mednet

Interactions: As a central nervous system depressant, Robaxin (methocarbamol) should be combined carefully, if at all, with any product which causes drowsiness. If you are taking any other medication, particularly those listed below, speak to your doctor about potential interactions.

Alcohol - Do not take alcohol while you are using methocarbamol. There is an increased risk of side effects like drowsiness, unconsciousness, or overdose.

Benzodiazepines (a class of antidepressants, anti-panic agents, and muscle relaxants) such as Ativan (lorazepam), Valium (diazepam), Halcion (triazolam), Restoril (temazepam), Librium(chlordiazepoxide), Xanax (alprazolam), Tranxene-SD (clorazepate), Paxipam (halazepam), ProSom (estazolam), Klonopin (clonazepam), and others, should be used cautiously with methocarbamol.

Central Nervous System Depressants - Any prescription medication, over the counter medication, or herbal supplement that may cause drowsiness. These medications should be used with caution while taking methocarbamol as you may become oversedated. Consult your doctor or pharmacist to be sure that your treatment is as safe as possible.

Desyrel (trazodone) - Risk of additive CNS depression.

Narcotic pain medication like Codeine, Demerol (meperidine), Buprenex (buprenorphine), Darvon (propoxyphene), Dilaudid (hydromorphone), MS Contin or Kadian (morphine), nalbuphine, OxyContin (oxycodone), Percocet (oxycodone and acetaminophen), Stadol (butorphanol), Talwin compound (pentazocine), or Vicodin (hydrocodone and acetaminophen), Vicoprofen (hydrocodone and ibuprofen) may increase the central nervous system depressant effects of methocarbamol.

Norflex (orphenadrine) - Risk of oversedation.

Sedatives like Butalbital, Fioricet (butalbital, acetaminophen, and caffeine), Fiorinal, Phenobarbitol, Seconal, or other barbiturates may cause oversedation in combination with methocarbamol.

Skeletal muscle relaxants of any other type, such as Soma (carisoprodol) or Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine) may overly depress the central nervous system when combined.

Sleep medication like Ambien (zolpidem), Sonata (zaleplon), or over the counter sleeping pills may cause oversedation when combined with muscle relaxants.

Tranquilizers like Haldol (haloperidol), Mellaril (thioridazine), or Thorazine (chlorpromazine) could cause oversedation when mixed with methocarbamol.

Tricyclic antidepressants such as Elavil (amitriptyline), Asendin (amoxapine), Anafranil (clomipramine), Pertofrane or Norpramin (desipramine), Sinequan (doxepin), Tofranil (imipramine), Aventyl or Pamelor (nortriptyline), Vivactil (protriptyline), and Surmontil (trimipramine), may increase the central nervous system suppressant effects from either the antidepressant, or the methocarbamol.

Ultram (Tramadol) - This pain reliever may oversedate you if taken in combination with methocarbamol. Access Mednet