Compare Flexeril vs. Soma

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

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Soma (carisoprodol)

Prescription only
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.

3.5/ 5 average rating with 1064 reviewsforFlexeril
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.

3.5/ 5 average rating with 220 reviewsforSoma
Upsides
  • Can relieve pain associated with muscle spasms.
  • Available as a generic medication.
  • Can be used by pregnant women, but talk to your doctor about it first.
  • Patients treated with Soma (carisoprodol) experienced improvement in function.
  • Available in generic.
  • Available in two different strengths.
Downsides
  • Can cause dizziness and sleepiness.
  • Not meant for long-term therapy.
  • Not recommended in elderly patients, people with glaucoma, or in people with heart conditions (like rhythm problems, heart failure, or recent heart attack).
  • Can make you have dry mouth.
  • Not effective for muscle spasms caused by brain or spinal injuries.
  • 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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Reviews
1064 reviews so far
66%
saidit'sworth it
37%
saiditworked well
14%
saidit'sa big hassle

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220 reviews so far
61%
saidit'sworth it
39%
saiditworked well
9%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
4possible side effects
  • Dry mouth
    6%
  • Dizziness
    3%
  • Fatigue
    3%
  • Nausea
    3%
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3possible side effects
  • Drowsiness
    13%
  • Dizziness
    8%
  • Headache
    5%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Serotonin syndrome
    • Taking monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOI)
    • Taking other medications for your mood
  • Dizziness and sleepiness
    • Alcohol or drug use
    • Age over 65 years
  • Heart attack or stroke
    • Recent heart attack
    • Heart rhythm problems
    • Heart failure
  • Dehydration
    • Older than 65 years
    • Dehydration
  • Overactive Thyroid
    • Overactive thyroid
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  • Sleepiness and dizziness
    • Taking other medications that also cause sleepiness
    • Recreational drug use
    • Excessive alcohol use
    • Elderly
  • Abuse, dependence and withdrawal
    • Prior history of drug abuse
    • Taking Soma (carisoprodol) for a long time
  • Seizures
    • Prior history of overdoses of drugs of abuse, recreational drugs, or alcohol
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