Soma (Carisprodol)

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What Is Soma?

Soma, also known as Carisprodol is a type of muscle relaxer that helps block out pain by inhibiting pain receptors and pain sensations between both nerves and the brain.

This drug is used on conjunction with physical therapy for those who have injuries as well as other musculoskeletal conditions that may cause pain. There are also other uses that you may not find in the user guide.

What Essential Information Should I Know About Soma?

One of the most important things to keep in mind is that this medication can be habit forming and should only be used if your doctor has prescribed it to you. Don’t share your prescriptions with others especially someone who has a history of abusing substances such as drugs. This medication should be kept in a secure location and out of the reach of small children.

When it comes time to stop taking this medication you may experience certain withdrawal symptoms for a certain period of time especially if you used this medication for an extended period of time. Before you stop using this medication be sure to talk to your doctor so they can develop a plan to wean you off of it slowly to help reduce the severity of your withdrawal.

Carosoprodol does come with some side effects that can impair your reactions or thinking. You should e careful if you plan on driving or doing activities that will require you to be alert and awake.

One of the biggest things is to avoid alcohol as it can cause dizziness as well as drowsiness.

What Should Be Discussed Before Beginning Soma?

Don’t use this product if you are allergic to either meprobamate or carisporodol or if you experience porphyria. Before you begin using this drug you should talk to your doctor to determine if you are allergic to certain drugs or experience:

  • Seizure disorders
  • Kidney disease
  • Liver disease

If you currently have any of these conditions you might need to talk to your doctor about adjusting the doses or you may need special testing done in order to find a safe dose of Carisoprodol.

This drug again may be habit forming for some and should only be used by you and only you. For unborn children there may be harmful effects and the same goes for those who are pregnant or plan on becoming pregnant.

This drug has the potential to pass into the breast milk and can harm your baby if you are breastfeeding. You should also avoid giving this medication to children who are under the age of 12.

Side Effects of Soma

If for any reason you begin to notice and of these signs or symptoms do not hesitate to get emergency help:

  • hives
  • swelling of the face, lips or tongue

You should immediately stop using this product and call your doctor immediately if you begin to experience the following symptoms:

  • fast heartbeat
  • paralysis
  • weakness and loss of coordination
  • seizure
  • loss of vision
  • fainting
  • agitation or confusion

Some of the less serious side effects include:

  • headache
  • drowsiness
  • blurred vision
  • dizziness
  • nausea, vomiting, upset stomach and hiccups

This is not a complete list and if you begin to notice anything that is suspicious or not normal to your doctor at once. Other side effects can be reported to the FDA which you can reach at 1-900-FDA-1088.

What Drugs Interact with Soma?

There may or may not be a number of medications that will interact with carispodrol and you should be sure to talk to your physician about all prescription medications you are currently taking. This includes all vitamins, herbal products and drugs that may be prescribed by other physicians.

What to Avoid When Taking Soma

Carisoprodol can cause a number of side effects that can impair thinking and reactions. You should be careful if you drive or do other activities that require you to be awake or alert.

Cold and allergy meds, narcotics, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers and other medications can add to the sleepiness that can come with taking Carsoprodol. You should tell your physician of you regularly use and of these on a regular basis.

Dosage of Soma

This medication should be taken as prescribed. You shouldn’t take this medication in any larger dose that the doctor has prescribed for you. You should follow the instructions that are on the label of the medication.

Make sure you take this medication with a full glass of water. This medication should be stored at room temperature and away from any moisture or heat.

What Happens with a Soma Overdose?

If you think that you have used too much of this medication you should seek medical attention at once or get a hold of your doctor. Overdosing symptoms can include things such as shallow breathing, vision problems, tachycardia, confusion or hallucinations and muscle stiffness. You may also experience light-headedness, fainting, and even convulsions or seizure disorders.

What Should I do if I Miss a Dose of Carisoprodol?

If you realize that you have missed a dose you should take it as soon as you remember. If it is close to the time of your next dose skip the missed dose and continue to take the medication at the next dose and on time. Don’t take any extra doses to make up for what you have missed.

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