Compare Soma vs. Norflex

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

Soma
(carisoprodol)

Norflex
(orphenadrine)

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.Coming soon.
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4.74Soma
Reviews for Soma
61%
of people (All ages) say Soma 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%
  • Headache 3%
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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
  • Elderly
  • Prior history of drug abuse
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.

    Alcohol
    SomaNorflex
    • Don't drink alcohol while on this medication.
    No alcohol related info.
    Upsides and benefits
    SomaNorflex
    • Patients treated with Soma (carisoprodol) experienced improvement in function.
    • Available in generic.
    • Available in two different strengths.
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    Downsides and risks
    SomaNorflex
    • 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.
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    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    SomaNorflex
    • 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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