They are both muscle relaxants. Soma breaks down into Meprobamate in the body and that is the reason many Drs wont use Soma. Methocarbamol is a carbamate derivative of guaifenesin so it is more closely related to a medication given for cough (an expectorant). Both Soma and Methocarbamol relax muscles by their sedative effect rather than having a direct effect on the muscles. Carisoprodol works by blocking pain sensations between the nerves and the brain. Soma is considered to be more habit forming and is now a controlled substance.
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