In this article, I’m going to teach you how to use methocarbamol for opiate withdrawal. To be sure, this medication is not the best one available for treating acute withdrawal symptoms.
However, if methocarbamol is all you have, it still has the potential to significantly reduce your opiate withdrawal symptoms.
And if you use methocarbamol in combination with other medications for opiate withdrawal, you have the potential to experience a very easy detox.
Many people have asked the question: “Will methocarbamol help with opiate withdrawal?” The answer is not always the same. You see, for some, methocarbamol significantly reduces opiate withdrawal symptoms. For others, it only has mild benefits.
And for others still, methocarbamol provides no benefit at all during the withdrawal process. As individual opioid dependence severity and biochemical makeup differ, so will results using medications.
Methocarbamol For Opiate Withdrawal: Overview
Methocarbamol (brand name Robaxin) is a prescription skeletal muscle relaxant. Methocarbamol is typically prescribed along with rest and physical theraply in the treatment of conditions such as pain, injury, or skeletal muscle spasms. It works by blocking nerve impulses (or pain sensations) that are sent to the brain.
Along with having musculoskeletal relaxant properties, methocarbamol is also a central nervous system (CNS) depressant.
It acts as a sedative, thus relaxing the body and mind. For these reasons, many people have used methocarbamol for opiate withdrawal symptoms.
Using methocarbamol for opiate withdrawal could potentially treat the following symptoms:
- Aching muscles and limbs
- Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)
- Gastrointestinal (GI) distress
NOTE: This is by no means a complete list of symptoms methocarbamol could possibly treat. Furthermore, individual results can and do vary. Some people might only experience 1-2 of these benefits, while others might experience more or less.
Anecdotal Evidence Using Methocarbamol For Opiate Withdrawal
Unfortunately, I was not able to find a single study using methocarbamol for opiate withdrawal symptoms. With the vast majority of medications I’ve written articles on, I’ve been able to find one or more studies which show the medications having favorable results. Not the case with methocarbamol, though I was still able to find plenty of anecdotal evidence.
For instance, on the website Drugs.com, individuals that used methocarbamol for opiate withdrawal rated it with an average score of 6.7/10. This score was taken from 27 ratings, and 17 of those individuals left reviews.
Many of the reviews stated that methocarbamol worked very well in the treatment of opiate withdrawal.
Furthermore, if you visit various drug forums, you’ll also find anecdotal evidence of people having great success using methocarbamol for opiate withdrawal. I do prefer a combination of research studies and anecdotal evidence to make concrete conclusions, however, at this point in time the anecdotal evidence appears to be the only information available.
How To Use Methocarbamol For Opiate Withdrawal
If you’re going to use methocarbamol for opiate withdrawal, it’s important to be armed with the right information. One must always exercise caution to ensure the safe and effective use of medications.
The following guidelines should be followed when using methocarbamol for opiate withdrawal:
- Always use methocarbamol under the supervision of a doctor
- Make sure you thoroughly review the possible methocarbamol side effects and interactions
- Only use methocarbamol for a few days to a week to treat the most severe symptoms
- Use the smallest dose as is necessary to reduce opiate withdrawal symptoms
- Prolonged daily use of methocarbamol can lead to a dependence, and once this happens, the abrupt cessation of the drug can result in a withdrawal syndrome
- Though methocarbamol has a low addiction-potential, it’s important to note that it can become addictive
The following are methocarbamol dosing guidelines (adult usage for muscle spasm), which I’ve quoted directly from Drugs.com:
Initial dose: 1500 mg four times a day for the first 48 to 72 hours, up to a maximum dosage of 8 g/day for severe symptoms.
Maintenance dose: 4000 to 4500 mg/day in divided doses.
IV or IM:
1000 mg up to every 8 hours if necessary, not to exceed 3 g/day for more than 3 consecutive days except in the treatment of tetanus. A like course may be repeated after a lapse of 48 hours if the condition persists. Oral therapy should be instituted as soon as possible. For symptoms of moderate severity, oral doses may be adequate after one injection if patient can tolerate oral medications.”
Methocarbamol For Opiate Withdrawal: Key Concepts
Here is a summary of the main concepts regarding the use of methocarbamol for opiate withdrawal:
- Many people have benefited from the use of methocarbamol for opiate withdrawal symptoms
- Some individuals have had no benefits, or even bad reactions while using methocarbamol for opiate withdrawal
- Methocarbamol has not been studied in the treatment of opiate withdrawal, but there is some anecdotal evidence available online stating that it can help
- It’s not the best medication available for treating the withdrawal syndrome, however, it can offer a lot of help for some individuals – especially when combined with other medications
For people that can’t use methocarbamol, or choose not to use medications for fear of side effects and/or addiction, there are natural alternatives that may help. Many individuals going through opiate withdrawal have obtained relief from anxiety and insomnia, as well as many other symptoms, by using a supplement called Calm Support (Read review…).
It’s a bit expensive and not available in stores (you have to order it online), but despite these challenges, getting yourself a 30-day supply of this powerful opiate withdrawal supplement might be just what you need to help you get your life back on track.
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