Compare Soma vs. Robaxin

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

Soma (carisoprodol)

Prescription only

Robaxin (methocarbamol)

Prescription only
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.

4.7/ 7 average rating with 220 reviewsforSoma
Relaxes your muscles.

Robaxin (methocarbamol) effectively relieves muscle spasms, but it can cause drowsiness and interfere with your ability to drive.

Upsides
  • Patients treated with Soma (carisoprodol) experienced improvement in function.
  • Available in generic.
  • Available in two different strengths.
  • Effective for relieving muscle spasms and pain.
  • For those with trouble swallowing, the pills can be crushed and mixed with food or liquid.
  • Available in generic form and cheaper than other muscle relaxants.
  • Might be a better treatment option for those with a history of drug abuse since Robaxin (methocarbamol) has a low potential for causing addiction and dependence.
Downsides
  • 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.
  • Robaxin (methocarbamol) can make you sleepy so you might not be able to drive or do certain activities requiring concentration.
  • Need to take a few times throughout the day to maintain effect.
  • Might not be safe to use in people age 65 or older due to increased sensitivity to side effects such as drowsiness.
  • Researches do not know the safety and effectiveness of Robaxin (methocarbamol) in people under age 16.
  • Can be dangerous when used together with other medicines that also cause drowsiness such as narcotics.
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Reviews
220 
61%
think this treatment is worth it
39%
think this treatment works well
9%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
3possible side effects
  • Drowsiness
    13%
  • Dizziness
    8%
  • Headache
    5%
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The Robaxin (methocarbamol) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and warnings
  • 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

  • Seizures

    Prior history of overdoses of drugs of abuse, recreational drugs, or alcohol

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  • Drowsiness

    Taking other medicines that also cause drowsiness

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Harm to fetus (unborn baby)

    Women who want to or can become pregnant

    ...and 1 more risk factors

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