Methocarbamol is used as the main active component in medications to treat muscle spasm. This active component is a carbamate that shows centrally acting muscle relaxant properties. The exact mechanism of action of this component not known, it is believed to be via a mechanism similar to carbamate. It works by inhibition of acetylcholinesterase at synapses in the autonomic nervous system, neuromuscular junction, and central nervous system. It has no direct effect on the contractile mechanism of striated muscle, the motor end plate or the nerve fiber.
Class of Drugs – Muscle relaxant
Molecular Formula – C11H15NO5
Molecular Weight - 241.24 g/mol
Working: This medication is an active component in the medicine that reduces the messages of pain in the body and slows down the nervous system. This effect of Methocarbamol relaxes the muscles and provides pain relief.
Uses: This particular medication is approved for the treatment of muscle spasms/pain. It is usually prescribed with rest, physical therapy, and other treatment. This medication helps to relax the muscles.
Popular Brands and Dosages: Given active component, Methocarbamol is used in popular brand medicine as mentioned below:
- Robaxin: 500 mg
It is advisable to avoid driving or doing anything that requires concentration immediately after consuming this drug. Alcoholic beverages should be avoided while treating with medicine, it may cause more dizziness.