Soma (Carisoprodol) for Pain

Soma is a medication that belongs to a class of drugs called muscle relaxers. It works by blocking pain sensations between the brain and nerves. Patients take it together with physical therapy and rest to treat certain skeletal muscle conditions. Soma is used only for a short period of time.

How to Take This Medication

Take Soma based on the directions of your physician. This medicine can be habit-forming so that its misuse can lead to addiction or even death. Most patients take it three times a day for 2-3 weeks. The right dosage is based on your condition and other basic factors.

Don’t stop this treatment suddenly because you risk ending up with unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Go to the hospital if you experience any overdose symptoms, such as muscle stiffness, confusion, shallow or weak breathing, vision problems, fainting, hallucination, loss of coordination, and others.

Basic Precautions

The intake of Soma may impair your reactions or thinking. Be careful when driving or doing other things that require your full alertness. Don’t drink alcohol when undergoing this treatment because it increases dizziness and drowsiness. To ensure that Soma is safe for you, tell doctors if you have other medical conditions, especially:

  • Allergic reactions;
  • Porphyria;
  • Seizures;
  • Liver or kidney problems.

It’s not clearly known if this medication harms unborn babies, but it passes into breast milk and can affect nursing babies. Soma isn’t intended to be used by patients who are less than 16 years old. Older patients are more sensitive to possible side effects.

Mild and Severe Side Effects

Just like other drugs, Soma may cause adverse reactions, but most of them are mild and rare. Get emergency medical help if you experience any signs of allergic reactions, such as swelling, hives, trouble breathing, etc. Stop taking this medication and contact your physician if you have these severe side effects:

  • Convulsions or hallucinations;
  • Sweating or fever;
  • Agitation or shivering;
  • Severe nausea and vomiting;
  • Loss of coordination;
  • Muscle stiffness;
  • Diarrhea or twitching;
  • Fast heart rates.

The intake of Soma may also cause mild side effects, including:

  • Dizziness;
  • Headaches;
  • Drowsiness.

If any of them get worse or persists, go to the hospital.

Dangerous Drug Interactions

When taking Soma, it’s necessary to avoid certain medications because of possible drug interactions. They can be dangerous because they affect its mechanism of action, increase possible side effects, and lead to other health complications. Don’t take Soma along with medications that slow your breathing or make you sleepy.

Before starting this treatment, tell doctors whether you’re using any opioid meds, muscle relaxers, sleeping pills, or medicines for seizures and anxiety. Create a full list of other pharmaceutical products that you’re using, including vitamins, minerals, herbal supplements, over-the-counter drugs, and prescription medications.