Compare Soma vs. Norflex

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Soma
(Carisoprodol)

Norflex
(Orphenadrine)

Relaxes your muscles. Soma (Carisoprodol) is widely used to treat muscle spasms and is available as a generic, but it's not considered a first-choice treatment for muscle spasms. It's also not meant for long-term therapy.Coming soon.
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4.74Soma
Reviews for Soma (Carisoprodol)
61%
of people (All ages) say Soma (Carisoprodol) is worth it
39%
say it works well
9%
say it's a big hassle
220 reviews
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Side effects
SomaNorflex
  • Drowsiness 7%
  • Dizziness 6%
  • Hedache 3%
  • Central nervous system reactions 2%
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We haven’t found good data for Norflex side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Norflex »
How it works
SomaNorflex
Soma (Carisoprodol) is a muscle relaxant. It works in the brain to help calm down muscle spasms.Coming soon.
Type of medication
SomaNorflex
Prescription only
Available as
SomaNorflex
  • Pill
  • Extended release
Used for
SomaNorflex
  • Musculoskeletal Pain
Risk factors for serious side effects
SomaNorflex
  • Taking other medications that also cause sleepiness
  • Recreational drug use
  • Excessive alcohol use
  • Prior history of drug abuse
  • Prior history of overdoses of drugs of abuse, recreational drugs or alcohol
Detailed Soma (Carisoprodol) risks & warnings »
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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.

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
SomaNorflex
  • Don't drink alcohol while on this medication.
No alcohol related info.
Pain
SomaNorflex
  • Can cause stomach pain, nausea and vomiting.
No pain related info.
Upsides and benefits
SomaNorflex
  • Available in generic.
  • Available in two different strengths, although the smaller strength is only available as brand name and thus more expensive.
Coming soon
Downsides and risks
SomaNorflex
  • Not first line for treating muscle spasms.
  • Can cause dizziness and sleepiness.
  • Not meant for long term therapy.
  • Can cause dependence and withdrawal symptoms if you stop taking it suddenly.
Coming soon
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
SomaNorflex
  • Can cause dizziness, fatigue, and sleepiness.
  • Take the medication at the same time each day.
  • Not to be used for long-term treatment (2 to 3 weeks maximum)
  • Don't drink alcohol while on this medication.
  • Can cause stomach pain, nausea and vomiting.
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