Soma

(carisoprodol)

3.5/ 5 average rating with 220 reviewsforSoma
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Relaxes your muscles.

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Our bottom line

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.

Quick facts about Soma
  • Drug class: Musculoskeletal
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (carisoprodol)
Prices and discounts
Lowest price for 90 350mg tablets
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Upsides

  • Patients treated with Soma (carisoprodol) experienced improvement in function.
  • Available in generic.
  • Available in two different strengths.

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People’s experience with Soma

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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.

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How it works

Soma (carisoprodol) is a muscle relaxant. It works in the brain to help calm down muscle spasms.

Quick facts about Soma
  • Drug class: Musculoskeletal
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (carisoprodol)

Dosage forms

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People’s experience with Soma

220reviews so far. What do you think?

What to expect when you take Soma (carisoprodol) for Acute muscle pain

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Side effect rates for Soma (carisoprodol)

From 1108 clinical trials of Soma when taken for acute back pain (250 mg 3 times a day and at bedtime)
  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Headache

Risks and Warnings for Soma (carisoprodol)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Taking other medications that also cause sleepiness
    • Recreational drug use
    • Excessive alcohol use
    • Elderly

    Taking Soma (carisoprodol) can make you feel sleepy and dizzy. 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.

Common concerns from people taking Soma (carisoprodol)

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Alcohol
  • Don't drink alcohol while on this medication.
Pain
  • Reviewed Somaon 12/29/2016I've had severe nerve pain from a spinal cord injury for 30 years with muscle spasms and a lot of tension, tight muscles. This helped with the tension and spasms, helped me relax and rest. Great medication!No side effects except drowsiness,which actually helped me.
    45
    Woman
    Muscle spasm
  • Reviewed Somaon 7/4/2017Great for bedtime pain.
    32
    Man
    Two years or more
    Muscle spasm
  • Reviewed Somaon 7/29/2017I LOVED this muscle relaxer and have been taking it for YEARS but am having trouble finding a pain management doctor who will prescribe it for me or allow me to even have it prescribed for me by my primary physician. I can't seem to find a comparable one. :/
    59
    Woman
    Two years or more
    Muscle and joint pain
Sleep
  • Reviewed Somaon 12/13/2016I take 1/2 of a 350mg tab when I'm unable to sleep due to wrenching back spasms and pain. Within 20-30 mins after taking Soma I fall asleep and have a sound rest.Taking a whole tab is a bit too strong for me. I don't take this pill on a regular nightly basis but rather use it as a last alternative. Sadly my MD will not prescribe it for me anymore. He put me on Flexeril and that med is simply awful! It's way too sedating with melancholic side effects. Soma worked so well.
    62
    Woman
    Muscle spasm
  • Reviewed Somaon 7/14/2016does cause drowsiness
    41
    Woman
    Muscle spasm