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(Carisoprodol)

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These medications are comparable to Soma (Carisoprodol) or used for similar purposes.

Soma
(Carisoprodol)

Flexeril
(Cyclobenzaprine)

Robaxin
(Methocarbamol)

Valium
(Diazepam)

Skelaxin
(Metaxalone)

Norflex
(Orphenadrine)

Zanaflex
(Tizanidine)

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.Relaxes your muscles. Flexeril (Cyclobenzaprine) is widely used to treat muscle spasms and is available as a generic, but it shouldn't be used long-term.Coming soon.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.Coming soon.Coming soon.Relaxes your muscles. Zanaflex (Tizanidine) isn't a first-choice treatment for muscle spasms. Try other options before using this.
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4.642512077294686Soma
Reviews for Soma (Carisoprodol)
59%
of people (All ages) say Soma (Carisoprodol) is worth it
36%
say it works well
10%
say it's a big hassle
207 reviews
Have you used Soma (Carisoprodol)?
Worth itNot sureNot worth it
Reviews for Flexeril (Cyclobenzaprine)
66%
+7% vs. Soma (Carisoprodol)
37%
+1% vs. Soma (Carisoprodol)
14%
4% vs. Soma (Carisoprodol)
1043 reviews
Have you used Flexeril (Cyclobenzaprine)?
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Have you used Robaxin (Methocarbamol)?
Worth itNot sureNot worth it
Reviews for Valium (Diazepam)
69%
+10% vs. Soma (Carisoprodol)
52%
+16% vs. Soma (Carisoprodol)
16%
6% vs. Soma (Carisoprodol)
944 reviews
Have you used Valium (Diazepam)?
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Have you used Skelaxin (Metaxalone)?
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Have you used Norflex (Orphenadrine)?
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Have you used Zanaflex (Tizanidine)?
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Side effects
SomaFlexerilRobaxinValiumSkelaxinNorflexZanaflex
  • Drowsiness 11%
  • Dizziness 6%
  • Hedache 3%
  • Any side effect 2%
More Soma side effects »
  • Indigestion 3%
  • Fatigue 1%
More Flexeril side effects »

We haven’t found good data for Robaxin side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Robaxin »

The Valium FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

More about Valium side effects »

We haven’t found good data for Skelaxin side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Skelaxin »

We haven’t found good data for Norflex side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Norflex »

We haven’t found good data for Zanaflex side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Zanaflex »
How it works
SomaFlexerilRobaxinValiumSkelaxinNorflexZanaflex
Soma (Carisoprodol) is a muscle relaxant. It works in the brain to help calm down muscle spasms.Flexeril (Cyclobenzaprine) is a muscle relaxer. It works in the brain to help calm down muscle spasms without interfering with normal muscle function.Coming soon.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.Coming soon.Coming soon.Zanaflex (Tizanidine) is a muscle relaxer. It works in the nervous system to calm down muscle spasms without interfering with normal muscle function.
Type of medication
SomaFlexerilRobaxinValiumSkelaxinNorflexZanaflex
Muscle relaxerPrescription only
Muscle relaxerPrescription only
Coming soon.
Anti-anxiety
Benzodiazepine
Prescription only
Coming soon.
Coming soon.
Muscle relaxer
Centrally-acting alpha agonist
Prescription only
Available as
SomaFlexerilRobaxinValiumSkelaxinNorflexZanaflex
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Rectal gel
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Pill
Used for (click to learn more)
SomaFlexerilRobaxinValiumSkelaxinNorflexZanaflex
  • Musculoskeletal pain Spasm - Tetanus
  • Musculoskeletal pain
  • Musculoskeletal pain
Risk factors for serious side effects
SomaFlexerilRobaxinValiumSkelaxinNorflexZanaflex
  • 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 »
  • Taking monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOI) 14 days before starting
  • Taking other medications for your mood
  • Alcohol or drug use
  • Age over 65
  • Taking tramadol
Detailed Flexeril (Cyclobenzaprine) risks & warnings »
Coming soon.
  • Taking more than the prescribed dose
  • Taking longer than 4 weeks
  • History of drug abuse
  • Long-term use
    • Alcohol
    • Taking other medicines that make you less alert
      • Current liver problems
      Detailed Valium (Diazepam) risks & warnings »
      Coming soon.Coming soon.
        • Age 65 years or older
        • Taking with alcohol
        • Taking other medicines that make you less alert
        • Age 65 or greater
          Detailed Zanaflex (Tizanidine) risks & warnings »
          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.

          Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

          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.

          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.

          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.

          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.

          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.

          Alcohol
          SomaFlexerilRobaxinValiumSkelaxinNorflexZanaflex
          • Don't drink alcohol while on this medication.
          • Don't drink alcohol while on this medication.
          No alcohol related info.
          • 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.
          • Not safe to use with alcohol.
          No alcohol related info.No alcohol related info.
          • Don't drink alcohol while using this.
          Food
          SomaFlexerilRobaxinValiumSkelaxinNorflexZanaflex
          No food related info.No food related info.No food related info.No food related info.No food related info.No food related info.
          • Can be taken with or without food, but you need to be consistent in how you take it every day.
          • Need to be consistent every day in taking this with or without food.
          • Can be taken with or without food, but you need to be consistent since food affects how the medication is absorbed and works.
          Kidneys and liver
          SomaFlexerilRobaxinValiumSkelaxinNorflexZanaflex
          No kidneys and liver related info.No kidneys and liver related info.No kidneys and liver related info.
          • Processed by the liver, so might not be the best choice if you have liver problems.
          No kidneys and liver related info.No kidneys and liver related info.No kidneys and liver related info.
          Pain
          SomaFlexerilRobaxinValiumSkelaxinNorflexZanaflex
          • Can cause stomach pain, nausea and vomiting.
          • Can relieve pain associated with muscle spasms.
          No pain related info.No pain related info.No pain related info.No pain related info.No pain related info.
          Sleep
          SomaFlexerilRobaxinValiumSkelaxinNorflexZanaflex
          No sleep related info.
          • Taking Flexeril (Cyclobenzaprine) may make you feel dizzy or sleepy for the first few days, especially if you drink a lot of alcohol or take recreational drugs. Your body should adjust to this, however, avoid driving or other activities requiring concentration until you know how your body responds to the medication. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if these symptoms bother you.
          No sleep related info.
          • Can cause memory problems, drowsiness, dizziness, and confusion.
          • Can cause temporary dizziness and drowsiness.
          No sleep related info.No sleep related info.
          • Can cause dizziness, fatigue, drowsiness, and dry mouth.
          • Can cause extreme drowsiness or dizziness if you are taking meds for high blood pressure.
          Upsides and benefits
          SomaFlexerilRobaxinValiumSkelaxinNorflexZanaflex
          • Available in generic.
          • Available in two different strengths, although the smaller strength is only available as brand name and thus more expensive.
          • Can relieve pain associated with muscle spasms.
          • Available as a generic medication.
          • Can be used by pregnant women.
          Coming soon
          • 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.
          Coming soonComing soon
          • Relieves muscle spasms well.
          • Can be taken with or without food, but you need to be consistent in how you take it every day.
          • Available as a generic.
          • Available in a tablet or capsule form. It also comes in a capsule that can be opened and sprinkled in applesauce for people that can't swallow pills.
          Downsides and risks
          SomaFlexerilRobaxinValiumSkelaxinNorflexZanaflex
          • Not first line for treating muscle spasms.
          • Not meant for long term therapy.
          • Can cause dependence and withdrawal symptoms if you stop taking it suddenly.
          • Can cause dizziness and sleepiness.
          • Not meant for long-term therapy.
          • Not recommended in elderly patients, people with glaucoma, or in people with recent heart issues (like rhythm problems, heart failure, or heart attack).
          • Can cause dizziness and sleepiness.
          Coming soon
          • 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.
          Coming soonComing soon
          • This isn't a first-choice muscle relaxing medication. Other drugs work better and have fewer side effects.
          • Zanaflex (Tizanidine) can lower blood pressure, so be careful if you are already on a blood pressure medication.
          • Need to be consistent every day in taking this with or without food.
          • Elderly individuals have more side effects when taking Zanaflex (Tizanidine).
          • Can't stop taking this abruptly if you use it regularly.
          Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
          SomaFlexerilRobaxinValiumSkelaxinNorflexZanaflex
          • Not to be used for long-term treatment (2 to 3 weeks maximum)
          • Can cause stomach pain, nausea and vomiting.
          • Can cause dizziness, fatigue, and sleepiness.
          • Take the medication at the same time each day.
          • Don't drink alcohol while on this medication.
          • Not to be used for long-term treatment.
          • Can cause dizziness, fatigue, and sleepiness.
          • Take the medication at the same time each day.
          • Don't drink alcohol while on this medication.
          Coming soon
          • 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.
          Coming soonComing soon
          • Can cause dizziness, fatigue, drowsiness, and dry mouth.
          • Avoid activities requiring mental alertness (like driving) until you know how it affects you.
          • Can cause extreme drowsiness or dizziness if you are taking meds for high blood pressure.
          • Side effects are more prevalent in the elderly.
          • Don't drink alcohol while using this.
          • Can be taken with or without food, but you need to be consistent since food affects how the medication is absorbed and works.
          Learn more
          More about SomaSide effectsReviews & ratingsAlternativesFDA package insert
          Have you used Soma (Carisoprodol)?
          Worth itNot sureNot worth it
          More about FlexerilSide effectsReviews & ratingsFDA package insert
          Have you used Flexeril (Cyclobenzaprine)?
          Worth itNot sureNot worth it
          More about RobaxinSide effectsReviews & ratingsFDA package insert
          Have you used Robaxin (Methocarbamol)?
          Worth itNot sureNot worth it
          More about ValiumSide effectsReviews & ratingsFDA package insert
          Have you used Valium (Diazepam)?
          Worth itNot sureNot worth it
          More about SkelaxinSide effectsReviews & ratingsFDA package insert
          Have you used Skelaxin (Metaxalone)?
          Worth itNot sureNot worth it
          More about NorflexSide effectsReviews & ratingsFDA package insert
          Have you used Norflex (Orphenadrine)?
          Worth itNot sureNot worth it
          More about ZanaflexSide effectsReviews & ratingsFDA package insert
          Have you used Zanaflex (Tizanidine)?
          Worth itNot sureNot worth it