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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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Side effects
  • Drowsiness 11%
  • Dizziness 6%
  • Hedache 3%
  • Any side effect 2%
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How it works
Soma (Carisoprodol) is a muscle relaxant. It works in the brain to help calm down muscle spasms.Coming soon.
Type of medication
Muscle relaxerPrescription only
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Available as
  • Pill
  • Pill
Used for (click to learn more)
  • Musculoskeletal pain
Risk factors for serious side effects
  • 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 category
CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

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.

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NFDA pregnancy category (Unknown)

The FDA hasn’t classified this medicine’s effects on unborn babies. Talk with your doctor about this medicine if you’re pregnant or planning on it.

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  • Don't drink alcohol while on this medication.
  • Taking Soma (Carisoprodol) can make you feel sleepy and dizzy, especially if you're taking other medications that can also make you feel sleepy, or if you're taking recreational drugs or drinking too much alcohol. Avoid driving or doing other tasks that require concentration until you know how this medication affects you. Get up very slowly from a seated or lying down position.
  • There have been reports of seizures in people taking Soma (Carisoprodol). However, this has been rare and only reported in people who were also overdosing on other medications, recreational drugs or alcohol.
No specific alcohol-related info.
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Kidneys and liver
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Upsides and benefits
  • Available in generic.
  • Available in two different strengths, although the smaller strength is only available as brand name and thus more expensive.
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Downsides and risks
  • 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.
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Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
  • 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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