Soma is used for the short-term treatment of pain or discomfort caused by various types of muscle injuries. It is usually used together with a rigorous treatment that includes rest, physiotherapy and other anti-inflammatory medications for sprains, spasms and sprains. It is basically a muscle relaxant and works in the central nervous system to help relieve muscle aches. It can actually be effective by calming the central nervous system.
This medication relaxes muscles and relieves pain and discomfort associated with strains, sprains, spasms or other muscle injuries. Muscle relaxers are for specific muscle injury and pain and should not be used for general body aches and pains.
This medication may be taken with food or immediately after meals to prevent stomach upset. Take this as directed. Do not increase your dose or take it more often than prescribed. This medication provides temporary relief and must be used in addition to rest, physical therapy and other measures. Because this medication makes an injury temporarily feel better, do not attempt to lift or exercise too soon. Follow your doctor’s instructions for recovery.
The recommended dose of Carisoprodol tablets, USP is 250 mg to 350 mg three times a day and at bedtime. The recommended maximum duration of Carisoprodol tablets, USP use is up to two or three weeks.
Most patients who use this medication do not experience any serious side effects. Some side effects that are not too serious unless they persist or worsen are dizziness, rapid pulse, flushing, low blood pressure, drowsiness or headaches. There is a serious reaction that could happen, but it is very rare. It usually occurs right after taking the first dose of the medication. If you feel an inability to move your arms or legs, are shaky, have extreme weakness or joint pain, vision changes or unexplained mood changes, contact your doctor immediately.
Soma (Carisoprodol) can cause side effects that may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be awake and alert. Cold or allergy medicine, narcotic pain medicine, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, and medicine for seizures, depression or anxiety can add to sleepiness caused by Soma (Carisoprodol). Tell your doctor if you regularly use any of these other medicines. Avoid drinking alcohol. It can increase drowsiness and dizziness caused by Soma (Carisoprodol).
Tell your doctor of all over-the-counter and prescription medication you may take including: sedatives, tranquilizers, sleeping pills, narcotic pain relievers, medication for depression, certain antihistamines (e.g., diphenhydramine). Many cough-and-cold products contain antihistamines which can cause drowsiness. Check labels carefully and consult your pharmacist if you have any questions. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.
If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include unusual dizziness or drowsiness, fainting, nausea, vomiting, facial flushing, fast heartbeat, and loss of consciousness.
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as remembered if it is within an hour or so. If you do not remember until later, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not “double-up” the dose to catch up.
Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (between 15 and 30 degrees C) away from moisture and sunlight. Do not store in the bathroom.