Soma: The Most Important Five Things You Can KnowMuscle Relaxant and Pain Reliever
Soma (generic name carisoprodol) is a muscle
relaxant and pain reliever. It acts by relaxing
muscles that have been strained,
sprained, or otherwise injured, and is usually used in conjunction with
physical therapy and rest to promote healing. Its three different formulations
give you options of varying strength to deal with your muscle injuries, no
matter how serious the pain is.
Soma isn't for everyone, and there
are several things you should know about it before using it. Here are the top
- According to the Medline
website, Soma is available in three major formulations: Soma including
only carisoprodol, Soma
Compound with carisoprodol
and aspirin (for pain and to
promote blood flow), and Soma Compound with Codein with carisopradol,
aspirin, and codein phosphate (for severe pain). All three formulations
must be used in conjunction with rest and physical therapy for proper
healing of muscles. In all cases, it's usually in tablet form, and taken
three times per day.
- Your doctor or pharmacist should be told
before you take Soma if you are also taking medications for allergies,
coughs, and colds; other muscle
relaxants, sedatives, sleeping
pills, or tranquilizers; if you have kidney or liver disease; and alcohol.
According to the drugs.com
website, Soma is a drug that will make you drowsy, and if you take any
other drugs or substances that make you drowsy in conjunction with Soma,
you should not drive or do anything that puts you at risk if you fall
- According to RXList,
can cause stomach upset if you
don't take it with food and/or milk. Other side effects can include
drowsiness or dizziness, clumsiness, headache and a fast heart rate,
vomiting, and skin rash; these are normal but should be reported to your
doctor. More serious side effects that need to be reported to your doctor
right away include difficulty breathing, fever, weakness, and burning in
the eyes. If you have porphyria, kidney or liver disease, or are pregnant
or breast feeding, you should not use Soma without talking to your doctor.
- The most important things you need to know
about Soma is that you should not drive or operate heavy machinery while
using it. Soma can cause you to be dizzy or drowsy, and it increases your
chances of having an accident or making mistakes. Since alcohol has the
same effects on you, you should be very cautious about drinking while taking
Soma. Under no circumstances
should you drive under the influence of Soma and alcohol. If you are
taking Soma Compound with Codeine, you should not drink at all. Codeine
has its own set of side effects that include sleepiness and dizziness.
- Carisoprodol works by blocking nerve
impulses to your brain from your muscles, including pain sensations and
motor feedback. For this reason, Soma can make you very clumsy. It's a bad
idea to try juggling while using Soma, and you should expect to not be as
graceful as you normally are under its influence.
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doctor. In any case, you should consult your local physician before
taking any medications. And in all cases, the advice of a licensed
practitioner familiar with your particular condition should be
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