Generic Name: carisoprodol (kar eye soe PROE dole)
Brand Names: Soma, Vanadom
Medically reviewed on February 3, 2017.
What is Soma?
Soma (carisoprodol) is a muscle relaxer that blocks pain sensations between the nerves and the brain.
Soma may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
You should not take Soma if you have porphyria (a genetic enzyme disorder that causes symptoms affecting the skin or nervous system).
Carisoprodol may be habit-forming. Never share this medicine with another person. Misuse of habit-forming medicine can cause addiction, overdose, or death.
Soma can cause side effects that may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be awake and alert. Avoid drinking alcohol. It can increase drowsiness and dizziness caused by carisoprodol.
You may have withdrawal symptoms when you stop using carisoprodol after using it over a long period of time. Do not stop using this medication suddenly without first talking to your doctor. You may need to use less and less before you stop the medication completely.
Before taking this medicine
You should not use Soma if you are allergic to carisoprodol or meprobamate, or if you have:
porphyria (a genetic enzyme disorder that causes symptoms affecting the skin or nervous system).
To make sure Soma is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
kidney disease; or
a history of seizures.
It is not known whether Soma will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant.
Carisoprodol can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Soma is not approved for use by anyone younger than 16 years old.
Older adults may be more sensitive to the effects of this medicine.
How should I take Soma?
Take Soma exactly as it was prescribed for you. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Soma is usually taken 3 times per day and at bedtime. Follow your doctor's dosing instructions very carefully.
This medicine should be used for only a short time; up to 2 or 3 weeks unless your doctor tells you otherwise.
Carisoprodol may be habit-forming. Never share Soma with another person, especially someone with a history of drug abuse or addiction. Keep the medication in a place where others cannot get to it. Selling or giving away this medicine is against the law.
Misuse of habit-forming medicine can cause addiction, overdose, or death.
Do not stop using carisoprodol suddenly after long-term use, or you could have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Ask your doctor how to safely stop using this medicine.
Soma is only part of a complete program of treatment that may also include rest, physical therapy, or other pain relief measures. Follow your doctor's instructions.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Keep track of the amount of medicine used from each new bottle. Carisoprodol is a drug of abuse and you should be aware if anyone is using your medicine improperly or without a prescription.
See also: Dosage Information (in more detail)
What happens if I miss a dose?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222. An overdose of carisoprodol can be fatal, especially if you take this medicine with alcohol or with other drugs that can slow your breathing.
Overdose symptoms may include vision problems, confusion, hallucinations, muscle stiffness, weak or shallow breathing, fainting, or coma.
What should I avoid while taking Soma?
Do not drink alcohol. Dangerous side effects or death can occur when alcohol is combined with Soma.
See also: Soma and alcohol (in more detail)
Carisoprodol may impair your thinking or reactions. Avoid driving or operating machinery until you know how this medicine will affect you. Dizziness or severe drowsiness can cause falls or other accidents.
Soma side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction to Soma: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using Soma and call your doctor at once if you have:
a seizure (convulsions); or
high levels of serotonin in the body - agitation, hallucinations, fever, fast heart rate, overactive reflexes, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of coordination, fainting.
Common Soma side effects may include:
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
See also: Side effects (in more detail)
Soma dosing information
Usual Adult Dose for Muscle Spasm:
250 to 350 mg orally 3 times a day and at bedtime
Duration of therapy: Up to 2 to 3 weeks
-This drug should only be used for short periods (up to 2 or 3 weeks) as there is inadequate evidence of effectiveness for more prolonged use and acute, painful musculoskeletal conditions are generally of short duration.
Use: For the relief of discomfort associated with acute, painful musculoskeletal conditions
What other drugs will affect Soma?
Taking Soma with other drugs that make you sleepy or slow your breathing can cause dangerous side effects or death. Ask your doctor before taking a sleeping pill, narcotic pain medicine, prescription cough medicine, a muscle relaxer, or medicine for anxiety, depression, or seizures.
Tell your doctor about all your current medicines and any you start or stop using, especially:
fluoxetine or fluvoxamine;
St. John's wort;
antifungal medicine - ketoconazole, voriconazole;
a sedative - diazepam, alprazolam, lorazepam,Valium, Xanax, and others;
seizure medicine - carbamazepine, oxcarbazepine; or
stomach acid reducers - esomeprazole, lansoprazole, omeprazole, pantoprazole, Nexium, Prilosec.
This list is not complete. Other drugs may interact with carisoprodol, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible interactions are listed in this medication guide.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use Soma only for the indication prescribed.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.
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Other brands: Vanadom