Carisoprodol Side Effects
Some side effects of carisoprodol may not be reported. Always consult your doctor or healthcare specialist for medical advice. You may also report side effects to the FDA.
For the Consumer
Applies to carisoprodol: oral tablet
Along with its needed effects, carisoprodol may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking carisoprodol:Incidence not known
- Black, tarry stools
- chest pain
- cold sweats
- dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position
- fast, pounding, or irregular heartbeat or pulse
- loss of bladder control
- muscle spasm or jerking of all extremities
- painful or difficult urination
- shortness of breath
- sore throat
- sores, ulcers, or white spots on the lips or in the mouth
- sudden loss of consciousness
- swollen glands
- unusual bleeding or bruising
- unusual tiredness or weakness
Get emergency help immediately if any of the following symptoms of overdose occur while taking carisoprodol:Symptoms of overdose
- Bigger, dilated, or enlarged pupils (black part of the eye)
- blurred vision
- change in consciousness
- confusion as to time, place, or person
- difficult or troubled breathing
- false or unusual sense of well-being
- holding false beliefs that cannot be changed by fact
- inability to move the eyes
- increased blinking or spasms of the eyelid
- increased sensitivity of the eyes to light
- irregular, fast or slow, or shallow breathing
- loss of consciousness
- muscle stiffness or tightness
- pale or blue lips, fingernails, or skin
- sticking out of the tongue
- trouble with breathing, speaking, or swallowing
- uncontrolled eye movements
- uncontrolled twisting movements of the neck, trunk, arms, or legs
- unusual excitement, nervousness, or restlessness
- unusual facial expressions
- weakness of the arms and legs
Some side effects of carisoprodol may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:More common
- deep or fast breathing with dizziness
- dry mouth
- face is warm or hot to touch
- fainting feeling of constant movement of self or surroundings
- numbness of the feet, hands, and around the mouth
- pain or discomfort in the chest, upper stomach, or throat
- redness to face
- sensation of spinning
- shakiness and unsteady walk
- trouble sleeping
- unable to sleep
- unsteadiness, trembling, or other problems with muscle control or coordination
For Healthcare Professionals
Applies to carisoprodol: compounding powder, oral tablet
Nervous system side effects are common and include drowsiness and sedation most often. There have been postmarketing reports of motor vehicle accidents associated with the use of carisoprodol. Dizziness, headache, tremor, agitation, insomnia, syncope and ataxia have also been reported.
Central respiratory depression may occur, particularly at high doses.
Psychologic dependence and abuse of carisoprodol (often in combination with alcohol and other CNS depressants) have been reported.
Withdrawal symptoms after abrupt cessation of carisoprodol have been reported and may be due to dependency on the meprobamate metabolite. Such symptoms include abdominal pain, agitation, tremor, restlessness, anxiety, depression, insomnia, nausea, and sweating. Seizures have been reported rarely.
Hypersensitivity effects include rash, pruritus and erythema multiforme. Asthma, fever, hypotension and anaphylaxis have been reported rarely.
Gastrointestinal symptoms include nausea, vomiting, hiccups and epigastric distress.
Cardiovascular effects include tachycardia, hypotension, postural hypotension, and facial flushing.
Oncologic side effects have included mutagenicity and clastogenicity reported from in vitro animal cell assays.
More carisoprodol resources
- carisoprodol Advanced Consumer (Micromedex) - Includes Dosage Information
- carisoprodol MedFacts Consumer Leaflet (Wolters Kluwer)
- Carisoprodol Professional Patient Advice (Wolters Kluwer)
- Carisoprodol Monograph (AHFS DI)
- Carisoprodol Prescribing Information (FDA)
- Soma Prescribing Information (FDA)
- Soma Consumer Overview
- Somatuline Depot Monograph (AHFS DI)
- Somavert Monograph (AHFS DI)
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