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Soma Side Effects

Generic name: carisoprodol

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Feb 14, 2024.

Note: This document contains side effect information about carisoprodol. Some dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Soma.

Applies to carisoprodol: oral tablet.

Serious side effects of Soma

Along with its needed effects, carisoprodol (the active ingredient contained in Soma) 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

Get emergency help immediately if any of the following symptoms of overdose occur while taking carisoprodol:

Symptoms of overdose

Other side effects of Soma

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

Incidence not known

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to carisoprodol: compounding powder, oral tablet.


The most commonly reported adverse reactions have included drowsiness, dizziness, and headache.[Ref]

Nervous system

Very common (10% or more): Drowsiness (17%)

Common (1% to 10%): Dizziness, headache

Postmarketing reports: Ataxia, tremor, seizures[Ref]


Postmarketing reports: Tachycardia, postural hypotension, syncope, facial flushing[Ref]


Postmarketing reports: Agitation, irritability, depressive reactions, insomnia[Ref]


Postmarketing reports: Vertigo, dependence, withdrawal[Ref]


Postmarketing reports: Nausea, vomiting, epigastric discomfort[Ref]


Postmarketing reports: Leukopenia, pancytopenia[Ref]

Frequently asked questions


1. Product Information. Soma (carisoprodol). Meda Pharmaceuticals. 2001;PROD.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.