Compare Robaxin vs. Soma

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Robaxin
(Methocarbamol)

Soma
(carisoprodol)

Coming soon.Relaxes your muscles. Soma (carisoprodol) is used for muscle spasms and muscle pain but it's not considered a first-choice treatment and not meant for long-term therapy.
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Have you used Robaxin (Methocarbamol)?
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Reviews for Soma
61%
+6% better vs. Robaxin
39%
-28% worse vs. Robaxin
9%
+9% better vs. Robaxin
220 reviews
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Side effects
RobaxinSoma

We haven’t found good data for Robaxin side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Robaxin »
  • Headache 3%
  • Dizziness 6%
  • Drowsiness 7%
More Soma side effects »
How it works
RobaxinSoma
Coming soon.Soma (carisoprodol) is a muscle relaxant. It works in the brain to help calm down muscle spasms.
Type of medication
RobaxinSoma
Lower-cost generic availablePrescription onlyLower-cost generic available
Available as
RobaxinSoma
  • Pill
  • Pill
Used for
RobaxinSoma
  • Musculoskeletal Pain Spasm Tetanus
Risk factors for serious side effects
RobaxinSoma
    Coming soon.
    • Taking other medications that also cause sleepiness
    • Recreational drug use
    • Excessive alcohol use
    • Elderly
    • Prior history of drug abuse
    Detailed Soma (carisoprodol) risks & warnings »
    Pregnancy

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    Alcohol
    RobaxinSoma
    No alcohol related info.
    • Don't drink alcohol while on this medication.
    Upsides and benefits
    RobaxinSoma
    Coming soon
    • Patients treated with Soma (carisoprodol) experienced improvement in function.
    • Available in generic.
    • Available in two different strengths.
    Downsides and risks
    RobaxinSoma
    Coming soon
    • Not first choice for treating muscle spasms or muscle pain, because it can cause dependence.
    • Can cause dizziness and sleepiness.
    • Not meant for long-term therapy, because it hasn't been shown to be effective after taking it for a short period.
    • Can cause withdrawal symptoms if you stop taking it suddenly.
    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    RobaxinSoma
    Coming soon
    • Take the medication at the same time each day.
    • Soma (carisoprodol) is not meant to be used long-term. It should be used for only 2 to 3 weeks maximum.
    • Can cause dizziness, fatigue, and sleepiness.
    • Don't drink alcohol while on this medication.
    • Soma (carisoprodol) can cause stomach pain, nausea and vomiting.
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