Compare Flexeril vs. Robaxin

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine)

Prescription only

Robaxin (methocarbamol)

Prescription only
Relaxes your muscles.

Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine) is widely used to treat muscle spasms and is available as a generic, but it shouldn't be used long-term.

4.7/ 7 average rating with 1064 reviewsforFlexeril
Relaxes your muscles.

Robaxin (methocarbamol) effectively relieves muscle spasms, but it can cause drowsiness and interfere with your ability to drive.

Upsides
  • Can relieve pain associated with muscle spasms.
  • Available as a generic medication.
  • Can be used by pregnant women, but talk to your doctor about it first.
  • Effective for relieving muscle spasms and pain.
  • For those with trouble swallowing, the pills can be crushed and mixed with food or liquid.
  • Available in generic form and cheaper than other muscle relaxants.
  • Might be a better treatment option for those with a history of drug abuse since Robaxin (methocarbamol) has a low potential for causing addiction and dependence.
Downsides
  • Can cause dizziness and sleepiness.
  • Not meant for long-term therapy.
  • Not recommended in elderly patients, people with glaucoma, or in people with heart conditions (like rhythm problems, heart failure, or recent heart attack).
  • Can make you have dry mouth.
  • Not effective for muscle spasms caused by brain or spinal injuries.
  • Robaxin (methocarbamol) can make you sleepy so you might not be able to drive or do certain activities requiring concentration.
  • Need to take a few times throughout the day to maintain effect.
  • Might not be safe to use in people age 65 or older due to increased sensitivity to side effects such as drowsiness.
  • Researches do not know the safety and effectiveness of Robaxin (methocarbamol) in people under age 16.
  • Can be dangerous when used together with other medicines that also cause drowsiness such as narcotics.
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Dosage forms
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  • Liquid
  • Pill
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Reviews
1064 
66%
think this treatment is worth it
37%
think this treatment works well
14%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
4possible side effects
  • Dry mouth
    6%
  • Dizziness
    3%
  • Fatigue
    3%
  • Nausea
    3%
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The Robaxin (methocarbamol) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and warnings
  • Serotonin syndrome

    Taking monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOI)

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Dizziness and sleepiness

    Alcohol or drug use

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Heart attack or stroke

    Recent heart attack

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Dehydration

    Older than 65 years

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Overactive Thyroid

    Overactive thyroid

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  • Drowsiness

    Taking other medicines that also cause drowsiness

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Harm to fetus (unborn baby)

    Women who want to or can become pregnant

    ...and 1 more risk factors

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