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What is Soma?

Soma is a prescription drug in oral tablet form and is also available with the generic name Carisoprodol. It may be a part of a combination therapy that may need you to take Soma with other drugs. 

Soma helps relax muscles after strains, sprains, and muscle injuries that block sensation between the nerves and the brain. It is an effective medication for musculoskeletal pain. Generally, the effect of this drug begins within half an hour and lasts for upto six hours. Its formation is for oral use only. 

Important Information

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. Side effects of Soma are more likely to occur in older adults. Be careful while doing any activity that requires your alertness. Avoid alcohol consumption because it can cause dizziness or drowsiness. 

This medicine is not under the recommendation for use by anyone younger than 16 years old. 

What to know before taking Soma?

Before taking Soma, you should know if you are allergic to meprobamate or Carisoprodol or have a genetic enzyme disorder that leads you to symptoms affecting the nervous system or skin called porphyria. 

Tell each medical healthcare provider if you have ever had a seizure (or convulsions), liver, or kidney disease.

Soma may be habit-forming even at regular doses. Never share this medicine with someone else. Misuse of any habit-forming medicine like Soma can cause overdose, addiction, or death. 

You may face withdrawal symptoms when you stop taking Soma after using it for longer or in high doses. Do not suddenly stop taking Soma without prior consultation with the doctor.

It is still unknown whether Soma will harm an unborn baby or not. Tell the doctor about your pregnancy. Soma may make a nursing baby feel drowsy by passing into breast milk. Inform your doctor if you are breastfeeding. 

How to take Soma?

Take Soma precisely as per the prescription. Read carefully and follow all the directions on the prescription label and medication guides.

One must take Soma only for short periods up to two or three weeks. There is no evidence of Soma being effective in long-term use, and most cases of skeletal muscle injuries are generally of short duration. Contact your medical healthcare provider if there is no improvement in your symptoms or if they get worse.

Soma may be a habit-forming drug. Misuse of this medication can cause overdose, addiction, or death. It is against the law to sell, purchase, or give away this medicine. 

This medicine is only a part of a complete treatment program that includes physical therapy, rest, or other pain relief measures. Follow your doctor’s directions. 

Store Soma away from heat and moisture at room temperature. 

Keep track of your drug. Soma is a medicine of abuse, and be aware if anyone is misusing your medication or taking it without a prescription. 

Soma dosage

The usual intake of Soma is thrice a day and at bedtime. Follow your doctor’s instructions very carefully. 

The usual adult dosage of Soma for muscle spasm is 250 to 350 mg orally thrice a day and at bedtime. It relieves the discomfort associated with acute, painful musculoskeletal conditions. 

Do not suddenly stop taking Soma after long-term use, or you could face unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Take your doctor’s directions to stop using this medicine safely. 

Overdose

Overdose of Soma can be fatal, especially if you take it with alcohol or other drugs that can cause your breathing to slow. In case of an overdose, take instant medical help or call the Poison helpline at 1-800-222-1222. Overdose symptoms may include:

  • Vision problems;
  • Hallucinations;
  • Confusion;
  • Loss of coordination;
  • Muscle stiffness;
  • Fainting;
  • Shallow or weak breathing;
  • Seizure; or 
  • Coma

What to avoid while using Soma?

Avoid consumption of alcohol or any alcoholic beverages as it may cause dangerous side effects.

Avoid driving any vehicle or performing any activity that requires alertness until you know the effect of this medicine on you. Severe drowsiness or dizziness may cause accidental falls or injuries. 

Soma side effects

Stop using Soma (Carisoprodol) and call your doctor instantly if you have any severe side effects while or after taking this medicine. Call 911 if you feel the side effects are life-threatening or if you think you need instant medical help. Severe side effects may include:

  • Seizure (convulsions); 
  • Heart problem with symptoms that may include fainting (primarily due to low blood pressure), rapid heartbeat, and flushing (sudden reddening) of the skin;
  • Nervous system issues like agitation, depression, shakiness, or trouble making muscle movement;
  • Stomach problems such as vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain; 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 headache, dizziness, or drowsiness. But you should consider that it is not a complete list of side effects, and others may occur. Consult your medical healthcare provider for further information regarding side effects and report any new or worsening side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What drugs can interact with Soma?

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.