Methocarbamol and Alcohol
Methocarbamol is the generic name for this drug which is sold under the brand names Robaxin and Robaxin-750 and belongs to the family of muscle relaxants which function by blocking nerve impulses that are transmitted to the brain but has no direct effect on the muscle.
It is used in combination with rest and physical therapy to treat skeletal muscle conditions such as pain and discomfort caused by sprains and strains.
It is suggested no consumption of alcohol not even moderate consumption as the side effects of the drug will be increased.
At this time the medical community defines moderate consumption of alcohol as no more than two drinks per day and no more than 14 drinks per week. Anything more than that is considered an unhealthy dependency on alcohol that may have adverse social, family and health consequences.
If a person drinks only once or twice a week but drinks on the same days each week and more than two drinks this is considered as an alcohol dependency.
If a person binge drinks at any time during the week this is also considered as alcoholism.
Some consider alcoholism as a disease while others consider it an addiction which is the result of personal choice and character fault. This school of thought blames the alcoholism on life style choices.
Personally I consider alcoholism a genetic tendency as I have seen families of alcoholics even when they live far apart. These unfortunate people are probably dependent on alcohol from the first drink.
When alcohol interacts with prescription over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.
Before using Methocarbamol advise your doctor if you are allergic to any other drug or substance, if you are using dietary or herbal supplements, are pregnant, plan to be pregnant or are breastfeeding,.
Less serious side effects are dizziness, drowsiness, nausea, vomiting, warmth, redness, tingling under skin, fever, headache, memory problems, blurred vision, insomnia, stuffy nose, mild skin rash or itching. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects are severe allergic reaction such as hives, difficult breathing, swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat, feet, slow heart rate, feeling faint, severe jaundice, confusion, spinning sensation, loss of balance or seizures. If these occur get emergency medical help.
This site serves as an information source only and does not dispense medical advice or any other kind of advice. If you are seeking medical advice you are advised to consult your own physician.
Methocarbamol and Alcohol
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