Compare Soma vs. Skelaxin

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

Soma
(carisoprodol)

Skelaxin
(metaxalone)

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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Best available price for 90 (350mg) tablets of soma
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Best available price for 30 (800mg) tablets of metaxalone
Reviews & ratings
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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
SomaSkelaxin
  • Drowsiness 7%
  • Dizziness 6%
  • Hedache 3%
  • Central nervous system reactions 2%
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We haven’t found good data for Skelaxin side effects.

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How it works
SomaSkelaxin
Soma (Carisoprodol) is a muscle relaxant. It works in the brain to help calm down muscle spasms.Coming soon.
Type of medication
SomaSkelaxin
Prescription only
Available as
SomaSkelaxin
  • Pill
  • Pill
Used for
SomaSkelaxin
  • Musculoskeletal Pain
Risk factors for serious side effects
SomaSkelaxin
  • 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.

    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.

    Alcohol
    SomaSkelaxin
    • Don't drink alcohol while on this medication.
    No alcohol related info.
    Pain
    SomaSkelaxin
    • Can cause stomach pain, nausea and vomiting.
    No pain related info.
    Upsides and benefits
    SomaSkelaxin
    • 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
    SomaSkelaxin
    • 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
    SomaSkelaxin
    • 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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