Robaxin vs. Flexeril

Are Robaxin and Flexeril the Same Thing?

Robaxin (methocarbamol) and Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine) are muscle relaxants used together with rest and physical therapy to treat skeletal muscle conditions such as pain or injury.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Robaxin?

Common side effects of Robaxin include:

Tell your doctor if you experience serious side effects of Robaxin including:

What Are Possible Side Effects of Flexeril?

Common side effects of Flexeril include:

  • dry mouth or throat
  • headache
  • blurred vision
  • drowsiness
  • dizziness
  • fatigue
  • loss of appetite
  • stomach pain
  • nausea
  • diarrhea
  • constipation
  • gas, or
  • muscle weakness.

What Is Robaxin?

Robaxin (methocarbamol) is a muscle relaxant used together with rest and physical therapy to treat skeletal muscle conditions such as pain or injury.

What Is Flexeril?

Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine) is a muscle relaxant indicated as an adjunct to rest and physical therapy for relief of muscle spasm associated with acute, painful musculoskeletal conditions.

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What Drugs Interact With Robaxin?

Patients should be cautioned that methocarbamol may cause drowsiness or dizziness, which may impair their ability to operate motor vehicles or machinery.

Because methocarbamol may possess a general CNS-depressant effect, patients should be cautioned about combined effects with alcohol and other CNS depressants.

What Drugs Interact With Flexeril?

Flexeril especially when used with alcohol or other CNS depressants, may impair mental and/or physical abilities required for performance of hazardous tasks, such as operating machinery or driving a motor vehicle.

How Should Robaxin Be Taken?

The recommended starting dose of Robaxin is six grams a day for the first 48 to 72 hours of treatment. Thereafter, the dosage can usually be reduced to approximately 4 grams a day. Robaxin may interact with pyridostigmine, donepezil, galantamine, rivastigmine, or tacrine. Tell your doctor all prescription and over-the-counter medications and supplements you use. Robaxin should be used during pregnancy only when prescribed. It is not known if this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

How Should Flexeril Be Taken?

For most patients, the recommended dose of Flexeril is 5 mg three times a day. Based on individual patient response, the dose may be increased to 10 mg three times a day. Use of Flexeril for periods longer than two or three weeks is not recommended.

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References

RxList. Robaxin Side Effects Drug Center.
https://www.rxlist.com/robaxin-side-effects-drug-center.htm
RxList. Flexeril Prescribing Information.
https://www.rxlist.com/flexeril-drug.htm

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