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What is Soma?
Soma, also available as Carisoprodol, is a muscle relaxer that obstructs pain sensations between the nerves and the brain. It is beneficial as a combination in a treatment program that includes physical therapy and rests in injury or pain caused by skeletal muscle conditions.
Soma (Carisoprodol) works by affecting the communication between the CNS nerves (central nervous system). It produces pain relief and muscle relaxation. It is an effective medication for musculoskeletal pain. Generally, its effects begin within half an hour and last for up to six hours. Its formation is for oral use only. It is also available in combination products that include aspirin and codeine or aspirin only.
You should not take Soma if you have porphyria (genetic enzyme disorder that leads to symptoms affecting the nervous system or skin) or allergic to this medicine.
Soma may be habit-forming. Never share it with someone else. Misuse of habit-forming medicines like Soma can cause addiction, overdose, or death.
Soma can cause side effects that can lead to impairment of your thinking or reactions. Be careful while doing any activity that requires your alertness. Avoid alcohol consumption because it can cause dizziness or drowsiness.
If you suddenly stop taking Soma after using it for a long time, you can have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Do not suddenly stop taking this medication. Take your doctor’s help to stop using this drug safely.
What to know before taking Soma?
You should avoid using Soma if you are allergic to meprobamate or Carisoprodol or have a genetic enzyme disorder that leads to symptoms affecting the nervous system or skin called porphyria.
Tell your medical healthcare provider if you have ever had:
- Kidney disease;
- Liver disease; or
- A seizure
It is still unknown whether Soma will harm an unborn baby or not. Tell the doctor about your pregnancy. Soma may cause drowsiness in a nursing baby by passing into breast milk. Inform your doctor if you are breastfeeding.
This medicine is not under the recommendation for use by anyone younger than 16 years old. Side effects of Soma are more likely to occur in older adults.
How to take Soma?
Take Soma precisely as per the doctor’s prescription. Read carefully and follow all the instructions on the prescription label and medication guides. Soma (Carisoprodol) may be habit-forming. Misuse of Soma can cause addiction, overdose, or death. It is against the lawful act to sell or give away this medicine.
Do not suddenly stop using Soma after long-term use, or you may have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Take your doctor’s advice on how to stop using this medicine safely. Soma is only part of a complete treatment program that may include physical therapy, rest, or other pain relief measures.
Store it away from heat and moisture at room temperature. Keep track of your drug. Be aware of someone misusing your medicine or taking it without a prescription because Soma is a drug of abuse.
The usual dosage of Soma is three times per day. Carefully follow your doctor’s dosing instructions. One should take Soma for only two to three weeks. If there is no improvement in your medical condition or if it gets worse, inform your doctor.
Usual adult dosage for muscle spasm:
- 250 mg to 350 mg orally three times a day and at bedtime
- Duration of treatment- up to two to three weeks
Take immediate medical help or call the Poison helpline at 1-800-222-1222. An overdose of Soma can be dangerous and fatal, especially if you consume alcohol while taking this medicine or other medications that can slow down your breathing.
Overdose symptoms of Soma may include confusion, vision problems, muscle stiffness, hallucinations, weak or shallow breathing, loss of coordination, seizure, fainting, or coma.
What to avoid while using Soma?
Avoid alcohol consumption because it can cause dangerous side effects, and death could occur.
Avoid driving any vehicle or performing any hazardous activity until you know this medicine’s effect on you. Dizziness or drowsiness can lead to accidental falls or severe injuries.
Soma side effects
Go for emergency medical help if you have allergic reactions due to the use of Soma. Signs of an allergic reaction include issues with breathing, hives, swelling of your face, throat, lips, or tongue.
Stop using Soma (Carisoprodol) and immediately call your doctor if you have:
- Seizure (convulsions); or
- High serotonin levels in the body- fever, agitation, sweating, shivering, hallucinations, muscle stiffness, fast heart rate, nausea, loss of coordination, twitching, vomiting, diarrhea
Common side effects of Soma may include dizziness, drowsiness, or headache. It is not a complete list of side effects, and others may occur. Take your doctor’s medical advice regarding side effects. Report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What drugs can interact with Soma?
Sometimes it is not safe to take various medications at the same time. So drugs can affect the blood levels of other medicines you take, which may make the pills less effective or increase the side effects.
Using Soma with other medications that slow down your breathing or make you sleepy can cause dangerous and fatal side effects. Ask your medical healthcare provider before using a muscle relaxer, a sleeping pill, opioid medication, or any drug for seizures or anxiety.
Various drugs can interact with Soma. It includes prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medicines, herbal products, and vitamins. Consult your doctor for more information regarding drug interactions with Soma.