Carisoprodol which has the brand name Soma is a medication that is used to treat musculoskeletal pain. This medicine is useful in treating muscle pain. It acts as a muscle relaxer, especially after an injury. This medication is used to relax the muscles after sprains, strains and muscle injuries. It is used along with physical therapy, rest and other medication. The effect of this medicine begins after half an hour and its power can last up to six hours. The medicine is taken orally with or without food three times a day. Do not make any changes in the usage of this drug without consulting the doctor.
Carisoprodol (Soma) tables are round, white tablets. It is available in 250 mg and 350 mg. It has a bitter taste; it comes in white color which looks like crystalline powder. Carisoprodol 250 mg tablets are also available in bottles of 100 and 30. The 350 mg tablets are also available in bottles of 100. Never use this medicine if you are allergic to carisoprodol. Inform your doctor if you have kidney or liver disease. Inform your doctor if you are pregnant or feeding your child since the medicine could pass through the breast milk and cause drowsiness to the baby. This medicine is prescribed by the doctor to patients above the age of 16 years. Using this drug along with other medications that can make you drowsy or your breathing slow can be dangerous. Consult your doctor if you are taking any health supplements or herbal products. If you have any queries about the medicine ask your doctor or pharmacist.
The common side effects of the medicine include dizziness, headache, vomiting, clumsiness, skin rash, stomach upset, headache, sleeplessness. In addition to these, there are certain serious side effects like allergic reactions, addiction, seizures. Though this medicine can help people suffering from muscle pain, it may sometimes result in addiction. Take the medicine as stipulated by your doctor so that you can avoid the addiction. Inform your doctor immediately if the side effects are more serious, like confusion. Some allergic reactions include itching, rashes, trouble in breathing, etc.
Follow the directions that are given in the prescription. In case of overdose and serious symptoms persist, call the poison control center. If you have missed the dose, take the missed dose when you remember. Skip the missed dose, if it is near to the next dose of medicine. In order to catch up with the missed dose, never take a double dose. Store the medicine at room temperature away from moisture and light. Keep the medicine away from children as well as pets.