Helps you relax. Valium (Diazepam) is okay for occasional or short-term use (up to 4 weeks) for anxiety and for pain and sleeplessness from muscle spasm. Less severe withdrawal symptoms compared to similar drugs. 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. Reviews & ratings Everyone Men Women Filter group. All currently selected Everyone Men Women All ages 18-34 35-54 55+ Filter group. All currently selected All ages 18-34 35-54 55+ 5.15 Valium
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Side effects Valium Soma
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More Soma side effects » How it works Valium Soma Valium (Diazepam) is a fast-acting benzodiazepine. It affects neurotransmitters in the brain and calms the nervous system. This reduces anxiety and muscle spasms, and causes sleepiness. Soma (carisoprodol) is a muscle relaxant. It works in the brain to help calm down muscle spasms. Type of medication Valium Soma Prescription only Prescription only Available as Valium Soma Used for Valium Soma Risk factors for serious side effects Valium Soma › Taking more than the prescribed dose › Taking longer than 4 weeks › History of drug abuse › Long-term use › Alcohol Detailed Valium (diazepam) risks & warnings » › Taking other medications that also cause sleepiness › Recreational drug use › Excessive alcohol use › Elderly › Prior history of drug abuse Detailed Soma (carisoprodol) risks & warnings »
Research studies with real people found harmful effects on unborn babies, but the benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.
Alcohol Valium Soma › Not safe to use with alcohol. › Can be habit-forming, so it's not typically used for long-term treatment, or for people who've had problems with drug or alcohol abuse. › Don't drink alcohol while on this medication.
Kidneys and liver Valium Soma › Processed by the liver, so might not be the best choice if you have liver problems. No kidneys and liver related info.
Sleep Valium Soma › Can cause temporary dizziness and drowsiness. › Can cause memory problems, drowsiness, dizziness, and confusion. No sleep related info. Upsides and benefits Valium Soma › Effective at relieving short-term anxiety and sleeplessness. › Can be used together with antidepressants to manage anxiety disorders. Especially helpful for anxiety symptoms while you wait for an antidepressant to kick in (it can take several weeks). › Effective at relieving muscle spasms caused by a variety of conditions. › Less severe withdrawal symptoms compared to other benzodiazepines. › Patients treated with Soma (carisoprodol) experienced improvement in function. › Available in generic. › Available in two different strengths. Downsides and risks Valium Soma › Processed by the liver, so might not be the best choice if you have liver problems. › Can cause memory problems, drowsiness, dizziness, and confusion. › Can be habit-forming, so it's not typically used for long-term treatment, or for people who've had problems with drug or alcohol abuse. › Most people find that it gets less effective over time. › 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. Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication Valium Soma › Good for short-term relief of anxiety symptoms. › Starts working in 30 minutes when swallowed. › Helpful with muscle spasms. › Can cause temporary dizziness and drowsiness. › Addictive. Long-term use can cause dependence or abuse. › Not safe to use with alcohol. › 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. Learn more More about Valium Side effects Reviews & ratings Alternatives FDA package insert More about Soma Side effects Reviews & ratings Alternatives FDA package insert