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Soma (carisoprodol) Uses, Side Effects, Dosage Category: Pain Management by - September 24, 2011 | Views: 26201 | Likes: 0 | Comment: 0  

Soma | carisoprodol
Medication Class: Skeletal Muscle Relaxant
ManufacturerMeda pharmaceuticals
Approval Date: April 1959

What is Soma and how does it work

Soma is an oral muscle relaxant that may work by altering the activity of neurons in the brain and spinal cord. The mechanism of action is not well understood.

What is Soma used for

Short-term relief of discomfort caused by muscle and skeletal pain

How effective is Soma

Soma (carisoprodol) 250 or 350 mg three times daily and at night was better than placebo in reducing symptoms of backache.

What are interesting facts about Soma

Soma is converted to meprobamate by the liver. Meprobamate is approved for reducing anxiety.

What is the dosage of Soma and its administeration

Carisoprodol (Soma) 250 mg to 350 mg three times during the day and at bedtime. Use for no longer than 2-3 weeks.

What are the side effects of Soma

Common: Drowsiness, dizziness, headaches

Serious: Withdrawal symptoms, dependency, seizures, fainting, orthostatic hypotension, allergic reactions, angioneurotic edema.

Soma drug interactions

  • Sodium oxybate (Xyrem)
  • Meprobamate, omeprazole (Prilosec)
  • Fluvoxamine (Luvox)
  • Benzodiazepines (e.g., Ativan, Valium)
  • Rifampin
  • St. John’s Wort

What is the cost of Soma

$0.23 to $9.56 per tablet

References: Soma FDA Prescribing Information and Medication Guide

This medication summary is for information only and is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment provided by a qualified health care provider.


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