Robaxin is a prescription drug that works as a muscle relaxer and central nervous system (CNS) depressant. The medication is usually prescribed to help patients recovering from an injury or dealing with lockjaw. It can also help to fight cramps, muscle spasms, or opioid withdrawal, and is typically used as a complement to other treatments.
Robaxin (also known as Methocarbamol) can be prescribed as a tablet or administered intravenously (via IV) in a hospital setting.
The medication works by blocking the pain signals to the brain. It is often mislabeled as an opioid because of its similar effects. Robaxin can cause drowsiness or dizziness. Although these are just side effects, some people confuse this with being “high” on the drug.
The typical dosage of Robaxin is three 500 mg tablets taken 4 times per day or two 750 mg tablets taken 4 times per day. It is not considered an addictive substance and can only be legally obtained through prescription. It doesn’t produce a “high” feeling of euphoria, it doesn’t produce withdrawal symptoms, and it doesn’t treat generalized pain like opioid painkillers. But if it is taken in high doses, it produces feelings of dizziness and drowsiness that may increase the likelihood of abuse.
According to experts, Robaxin can sometimes be habit-forming due to the “high” users get from high doses of the medication. People may begin to chase the feeling of dizziness and drowsiness that comes from abusing the drug. This is especially true if a user has a history of substance abuse or narcotics addiction. To prevent this, Robaxin has only been made available via prescription.
Robaxin is not abused as often as other opioids, narcotics, and painkillers. However, it shouldn’t be mixed with other medications. Methocarbamol can interact with other CNS depressants. Examples of these are painkillers, cough and cold medications, tranquilizers, sleep aids, or anti-anxiety medications. The effects of these drugs can be multiplied when taken with Robaxin. Mixing Robaxin with other CNS depressants can be very dangerous and may even cause overdose.
Medical professionals advise that the best way to avoid Robaxin abuse is to take the medication exactly as directed. Avoid combining Robaxin with other drugs, or using alcohol while taking it. If you do use alcohol, or take other medications, talk to your doctor before going on a Robaxin regimen.
Robaxin Side Effects
Patients who abuse Robaxin (Methocarbamol) can experience these side effects:
- Low blood pressure
- Stomach pain
- Blurred vision
Suicidal thoughts and behaviors can surface in extreme cases of Robaxin abuse. If the drug is abused regularly with other CNS depressants, there is an increased risk of overdose. Signs of Robaxin overdose are seizures or loss of consciousness.
There has been very little evidence that Robaxin can cause withdrawal symptoms. All drugs can have a risk of side effects or symptoms when stopped abruptly. Consult your doctor before making an decisions regarding your medications. Even though no withdrawal symptoms have been reported, a gradual tapering off of any medication is a good idea.
Signs of Robaxin Abuse
If you, or a loved one, are concerned about Robaxin abuse, there are ways to spot it.
Raboxin, like any other drug, should only be taken as directed by a medical professional. If someone is taking more than the recommended dose of Robaxin, this may be a sign that they are developing a psychological dependence on the drug.
People who start to develop this dependence may begin addict behaviors such as: forging medical scripts, going to different doctors to get extra prescriptions, and hiding their Robaxin use. Users may also start to combine Robaxin with alcohol, or other substances, to enhance the effects. This can start to happen once they build up a tolerance for the drug in their system.
Abusers of Robaxin may also use the drug recreationally. They may take Robaxin that’s been prescribed to someone else and start to fake symptoms to get Robaxin prescribed to them.
After a while, people who abuse Robaxin will develop cravings and begin to feel that they can’t function normally without taking the medication. Family, friends, work, and other areas of their life will start to be neglected just to keep taking Robaxin.
Detoxing From Robaxin
As mentioned earlier, Robaxin isn’t known to cause any withdrawal symptoms. But a medical detox is still recommended for people who have developed a dependence on the drug.
Some recreational users of the drug start using Robaxin solely to enhance the effects of their drug of choice. If this is the case, medical professionals advise enrolling in a professional treatment program. Working with counselors and medical professionals may help someone to discover the root cause of their addictive behaviors.
The National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) has said that treatment for 90 days or longer can significantly increase the chances of recovery and reduce the risk of relapse.
Detox from Robaxin addiction may contain a combination of the following treatment options:
- Introduction to yoga and meditation
- Educational lectures
- 12-step programs
- Music therapy
- Art therapy
- Development of life skills
- Individual or group therapy
- H&I meetings
- Other specialized therapies
Long-Term Detox Options
After going through Robaxin detox, it is recommended that patients continue with a long-term continued care plan. These plans are a supplement to the initial detox plan, and are usually recommended to people new to recovery. They are designed to help people maintain a sober lifestyle in the long-term.
Sober living homes are a key part of long-term continued care. These homes create a safe, stable environment for recovering substance abusers to transition into a sober lifestyle. Sober living facilities can be hosted in an apartment or single home, but living conditions can vary.
Some facilities offer private rooms, some have shared rooms, and some have both. Certain sober living facilities are even pet-friendly. Bringing pets along during recovery can help patients cope and recover positively.
These facilities also offer support services. Things like employment assistance, educational planning, and volunteer placement are all offered to help users make the transition from residential treatment to independent living.
There is a variety of long-term treatment options to choose from, and they will vary based on budget, location, and the needs of the individual. Discuss with a medical professional to decide which option is best for you or your family.
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