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Soma

(Carisoprodol)

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Relaxes your muscles.

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Prescription onlyLower-cost generic available

Our pharmacists’ bottom line

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.

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  • Available in generic.
  • Available in two different strengths, although the smaller strength is only available as brand name and thus more expensive.
  • 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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Side effects for Soma (Carisoprodol)

From clinical trials of Soma / Acute back pain (250 mg) ( 1108)

  • DrowsinessDrowsiness13% for Soma vs.6% for placebo
  • DizzinessDizziness8% for Soma vs.2% for placebo
  • HedacheHedache5% for Soma vs.2% for placebo
  • Any side effectAny side effect2% for Soma vs.3% for placebo

What to expect when you take Soma (Carisoprodol)

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Tips from our pharmacists
  • 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.

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

    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.

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Tips from pharmacists and people taking Soma (Carisoprodol)

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  • Tips from our pharmacists
  • Don't drink alcohol while on this medication.
  • Risks from our pharmacists
  • 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.
Sleep
  • does cause drowsiness
    Age: 41
    Gender: Woman
    Taken for: Muscle spasm