Robaxin is the brand name of methocarbamol, a prescription muscle relaxant. It reduces the sensation of pain by blocking nerve impulses that are sent from throughout the body to the brain.
Robaxin is only meant for short-term management of acute pain. It is typically used in conjunction with physical therapy and general rest to promote recovery from an injury.
How Robaxin is Used
Robaxin can be administered via an oral tablet or injectable solution. When injecting Robaxin, it is recommended to not exceed 30 mL (milliliters) a day for more than three days in a row. Depending on the level of pain, one 10 mL dose may be enough to provide adequate relief.
Injecting Robaxin provides the strongest and most immediate pain relief. In many cases, an initial dose of Robaxin will be given via injection and then followed up with oral doses if the pain persists.
For the tablet, between 6 to 8 g (grams) per day are recommended to manage pain for the first 48 to 72 hours. If pain persists past 72 hours, dosages can usually be reduced to 4 g per day.
Robaxin can only legally be obtained through a doctor’s prescription, and it is meant to be used in conjunction with other forms of recovery treatment following an accident or surgery.
Although Robaxin was developed to serve a strict medical purpose, it has become one of the many prescription medications to be regularly abused in the United States.
How Do You Use Robaxin Recreationally?
Robaxin is a central nervous system depressant drug that causes your muscles to relax. Robaxin can also cause drowsiness and dizziness, which is a type of high that some people enjoy. When combined with other substances, Robaxin can cause increased drowsiness as well as increase the sedative effects of other drugs.
Drugs that Robaxin is known to interact with include:
- Prescription painkillers
- Anxiety-anxiety medications
- Sleeping pills
- Anti-seizure medications
People who experiment with drugs recreationally are more likely to use multiple substances at one time. Mixing Robaxin with any of the drugs listed above is likely to increase sleepiness, which can be very dangerous when driving or operating heavy machinery.
Alcohol and marijuana, in particular, are known to react strongly to Robaxin. Combining these substances greatly increases the chances of extreme sedation and overdose.
What Defines Abuse?
Substance abuse experts explain that Robaxin isn’t addictive because it doesn’t produce the euphoric high that people become addicted to. That doesn’t mean, however, that it can’t be abused.
When taken in higher doses, the potential for Robaxin abuse increases greatly, particularly for people with a history of substance abuse.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), there are many ways one can misuse prescription drugs. Misuse of prescription drugs refers to:
- Taking medication in any way other than prescribed
- Taking someone else’s prescription medication
- Taking medication to get high
Central nervous system depressants, like Robaxin, are some of the most commonly misused prescription medications.
During the past 15 years, the rate of prescription drug use has grown exponentially and led many people to the emergency room and addiction treatment programs. High rates of overdose deaths related to prescription drug misuse have created a national health emergency in the United States.
Side Effects of Robaxin Use
Whether you are using Robaxin for medical or recreational reasons, you are likely to experience side effects from the medication. People with a history of kidney or liver disease, or who are age 65 or older, report experiencing more side effects than others.
Side effects caused by taking Robaxin include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Sweating and fever
- Flushing of the skin
- Low blood pressure
- Confusion and memory loss
- Double or blurred vision
- Metallic taste in the mouth
- Dry, bloodshot eyes
- Itching and rashes
- Nasal congestion
- Difficulty breathing
- Trouble swallowing
- Chest pain
- Swelling of the lips, face, tongue, or throat
- Irregular heartbeat
Many of the above symptoms are usually mild and expected to resolve on their own. As your body gets used to the medication, it can also tolerate the side effects better.
If you are exhibiting some of the more severe side effects listed above, such as confusion, memory loss, or trouble swallowing, contact your health care provider right away. Such side effects may indicate the need to adjust your dosage or switch medications.
If the most serious symptoms, such as chest pain, seizure, or difficulty breathing, are present, call 911.
As with any medication, it is important to keep yourself informed about the potential negative side effects and know how to respond to them quickly and appropriately.
Dangers of Recreational Robaxin Use
One of the greatest dangers of recreational Robaxin use is an overdose. It is possible to overdose on Robaxin, especially when it is used in combination with other sedative drugs or alcohol.
If you are experimenting with Robaxin recreationally, be aware of the potential signs of an overdose so that you can address them right away. These are signs of a Robaxin overdose:
- Severe drowsiness
- Extreme dizziness
- Blurred vision
- Low blood pressure
- Difficulty breathing
- Shaking on just one side of the body
- Loss of consciousness
If someone you are with is presenting with any of the above symptoms following Robaxin use, call 911 or get to an emergency room right away. Emergency medical intervention can treat the above symptoms and prevent the overdose from being fatal.
Pregnant women are warned against recreational or medical use of Robaxin. It is a Category C drug, meaning it is unknown if it can harm the fetus. There have yet to be any adequate studies that indicate the safety of Robaxin use during pregnancy.
Likewise, it is unknown if Robaxin passes through breast milk. Until more is known about the effects of Robaxin during pregnancy and breastfeeding, it is best to use alternative methods of pain management.
How to Use Robaxin Safely
Robaxin can be used safely only under medical supervision and for medical purposes. Experimenting with Robaxin recreationally puts you at risk of experiencing severe adverse side effects, including overdose. The risk of overdose also increases for people who experiment with multiple substances at once.
If you use Robaxin without a doctor’s supervision, do not mix it with any other substances, including alcohol, and be very cautious about your dosage amounts. Everyone responds to drugs, both legal and illicit, differently. It can be very difficult to estimate safe dosage amounts on your own.
Robaxin is a potent pain reliever that can cause unintended side effects for the recreational user.