Compare Soma vs. baclofen
Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.
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.
Lioresal (baclofen) is a first choice treatment for muscle spasticity caused by multiple sclerosis or spinal cord injuries, but it's not recommended for other types of muscle spasms.
- Patients treated with Soma (carisoprodol) experienced improvement in function.
- Available in generic.
- Available in two different strengths.
- A better option for seniors compared to other muscle relaxants since it has fewer side effects than other similar medicines.
- Lioresal (baclofen) is available as a generic and is a relatively inexpensive medication.
- 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.
- Except for specific muscle spasms caused by brain injury or multiple sclerosis, Lioresal (baclofen) is not a recommended medicine.
- If you've been taking Lioresal (baclofen) regularly for a long time, you'll need to get off of it slowly.
- Lioresal (baclofen) can make you sleepy.
- If you've had a stroke, Lioresal (baclofen) may not work as well, and you're more likely to experience side effects.
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- Sleepiness and dizziness
Taking other medications that also cause sleepiness
...and 3 more risk factors
- Abuse, dependence and withdrawal
Prior history of drug abuse
...and 1 more risk factors
Prior history of overdoses of drugs of abuse, recreational drugs, or alcohol
- Withdrawal symptoms
Stopping Lioresal (baclofen) too quickly
- Driving impairment
Taking with alcohol
...and 2 more risk factors
...and 5 more risk factors