Soma (Carisoprodol)

Soma (Carisoprodol)

General Information

Soma (Carisoprodol) is used short-term for the treatment of muscle pain and discomfort. This medication helps relaxes the muscles. This is usually used along with physical therapy, rest, and other treatments.


How does Soma (Carisoprodol) work?

Soma (Carisoprodol) is given as a pain reliever even though it actually works like a prescription muscle relaxant. This is because it indirectly relieves pain by calming the muscles where the most amount of pain is found. Because of this, Carisoprodol is usually recommended exactly for muscle injuries – such as a strained or pulled muscle.

This medication is centrally acting. This means that it simply blocks the sensation of pain between the body’s nerves and the brain. The intended side effect is to relax the muscles in the target area, as they are not experiencing or feeling pain. This is where the risk of this medicine abuse comes in. If someone takes more Carisoprodol than recommended, they can become either drowsy or giddy.


Why use Soma (Carisoprodol)?

Soma (Carisoprodol) blocks pain sensations between the nerves and the brain and this is a muscle relaxer. This is available in tablets and also in combination products that include aspirin or codeine. This belongs to the group of medications called muscle relaxants. Soma (Carisoprodol) is originally approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2007.


How to use Soma (Carisoprodol)?

The dose and dosing instruction is based on your condition and response. This is usually taken 3 to 4 times a day. Take this by mouth and with a full glass of water. You may take this with or without food. Take this medication exactly as it is prescribed. To avoid complications, do not twice the given dosage.

What are the side effects of Soma (Carisoprodol)?

  • Drowsiness
  • Agitation
  • Tremor
  • Irritability
  • Blurred vision
  • Nausea
  • Upset stomach
  • Dizziness
  • Nervousness
  • Headache
  • Inability to sleep or insomnia
  • Depression
  • Vomiting
  • Hiccups

Call for medical help right away if there is a sign of allergic reaction:

  • Difficult breathing
  • Hives
  • Swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat

Stop using this medication if these happen:

  • Seizure or convulsion
  • High levels of serotonin in the body (diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, loss of coordination, fever, sweating, and shivering)

Warnings and Precautions

  • You should not stop taking this medication without talking/consulting your doctor.
  • Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant before using this medication.
  • Inform your doctor if you have any allergies.
  • Keep this away from moisture and heat.