Generic name: Carisoprodol.
Other brand names: Sodol, Soprodol.
Soma is a muscle relaxant. It is thought to act as a central nervous system depressant; the sedative effect indirectly relaxes skeletal muscles.
Quick Facts About Soma
Used to treat acute, painful muscle strains and spasms. Is part of a program of physical therapy, exercise, and rest.
Take exactly as prescribed. Suddenly stopping Soma may cause withdrawal symptoms such as: abdominal cramps, chilliness, headache, insomnia, and nausea.
- Usual adult dose: one 350-milligram tablet taken 3 times per day and at bedtime.
- Usual child dose: not generally prescribed for children under 12 years.
- Missed dose: take as soon as possible if only an hour has passed. Otherwise, do not take missed dose; go back to regular schedule. Do not double doses.
Soma Side Effects
coma, shock, stupor. If you suspect an overdose, immediately seek medical attention.
Overdose may be fatal.
Side effects: agitation, depression, dizziness, drowsiness, facial flushing, fainting, headache, hiccups, inability to fell or stay asleep, irritability, light-headed-ness upon standing, loss of coordination, nausea, rapid heart rate, stomach upset, tremors, vertigo, vomiting.
No known less common or rare Soma side effects.
Inform your doctor before combining Soma with:
antidepressants such as Elavil, Tofranil, and Nardil; major tranquilizers such as Haldol, Stelazine, and Thorazine; sedatives such as Nembutal and Halcion; tranquilizers such as Librium, Valium, and Xanax.
Use caution if you drink alcohol during Soma therapy; may intensify the effects of alcohol.
If pregnant or planning to become pregnant, inform your doctor immediately. Appears in breast milk; could affect a nursing infant.
No special precautions apply to seniors.
Not generally prescribed for children under 12.
- Do not increase physical activity over what doctor recommends. Soma may temporarily relieve symptoms, making it seem feasible to increase activity.
- Do not take if you have porphyria (blood disorder).
- May impair mental and physical ability to drive a car or operate machinery. Do not take part in any activity that requires alertness.
- Inform your doctor before taking Soma if you have a history of drug dependence.
- Avoid if sensitive to or allergic to Soma or similar medications such as meprobamate (Miltown).
- First dose of Soma may produce (in rare cases): agitation, confusion, disorientation, dizziness, double vision, enlargement of pupils, extreme weakness, exaggerated feeling of well-being, lack of coordination, speech problems, temporary loss of vision, temporary paralysis of arms and legs. Symptoms usually last a few hours. Immediately contact your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms.
- Allergic reactions may occur between 1st and 4th doses in patients taking Soma for the first time: itching, red skin welts, skin rash. More severe allergic reactions: asthmatic attacks, dizziness, fever, low blood pressure, shock, stinging of eyes, swelling due to fluid retention, weakness.
- Use cautiously if you have liver or kidney problems.
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