Carisoprodol is an oral medication, famous as a muscle relaxant. However, its exact mechanism of action is not known. It is said to work by changing the communication between nerve cells in particular sections of the brain that control the pain sensations. The FDA approved Carisoprodol in the year 1959.
Carisoprodol is useful for the relief from painful skeletal muscle conditions. It is usually helpful, along with rest and physical therapy or exercises for short-term relief. The medication is only for short-term use as its effectiveness does not last longer than a brief period. Additionally, the skeletal muscle conditions usually last for up to 2-3 weeks.
Soma is the brand name of Carisoprodol. Carisoprodol itself is a generic medication. The soma generic name is Carisoprodol.
Carisoprodol's most commonly occurring side effects include drowsiness, headache, dizziness, agitation, tremor, nervousness, inability to sleep, irritability, seizures, fainting, depression, and abnormal heartbeat.
Severe Carisoprodol side effects
include hives or angioedema, serious allergic reactions such as anaphylaxis, low blood pressure, and fainting.
The daily recommended dosage of Carisoprodol
is 250 mg to 350 mg pills three times a day and at bedtime.
The recommended duration of treatment should not exceed more than 2 to 3 weeks.
To avoid withdrawal symptoms, you should gradually stop the medication after using it at higher doses or for longer durations.
There are no adequate clinical studies or trials to demonstrate the use of Carisoprodol
in pregnant women.
The medication accumulates in human breast milk in the double concentrations of the mother’s blood. The Carisoprodol effects on the infants of lactating mothers are unknown. Therefore, mothers who are breastfeeding should be very cautious while using Carisoprodol.
People with allergies should tell their prescribing doctor about all the unusual and allergic reactions to Carisoprodol or meprobamate. Also, tell them about any other allergies such as food allergies, or any others.
There are no proofs of safety and efficacy for the use of Carisoprodol in children younger than 18 years of age.
Some medicines should not be used around eating time or while eating certain food items as they may cause interaction. Using alcohol with Carisoprodol
may cause severe interaction.