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Generic name: carisoprodol [ kar-eye-soe-PROE-dole ]

Names of brands: Soma, Vanadom

Drug class: Skeletal muscle relaxants

What is Carisoprodol?

Carisoprodol can be described as an anti-muscle relaxant that reduces pain sensations between neurons and the brain.

Carisoprodol is used with physical therapy and rests to treat muscles in the skeletal system, like discomfort or injuries.

Carisoprodol should be used only for brief periods (up to two or three weeks) since there is no evidence of its effectiveness in long-term use. Moreover, most injuries to skeletal muscles are usually of brief duration. Carisoprodol has been classified as an illegal drug within the United States.


Carisoprodol is not a good option when you have porphyria (a genetic disorder of the enzyme which causes signs and symptoms that affect the skin or the nervous system).

Carisoprodol can cause dependence. Don't share this medication with anyone else. Misusing habit-forming medicines could result in addiction, overdose or even death.

Carisoprodol may cause adverse effects that can affect your reactions or thinking. Be aware of this if you drive or engage in any activity that requires you to be alert and awake. Beware of drinking alcohol. It can cause drowsiness as well as dizziness that is caused by this medication.

You may experience withdrawal symptoms after stopping using the medication for a prolonged period. Don't stop taking the medication without first consulting your physician. You may need to take more minor drugs until you can stop completely.

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Prior to Using this drug:

It is not recommended to use this medicine if you're allergic to carisoprodol and meprobamate or suffer from:

  • Porphyria (a genetic disease of the enzyme that can cause symptoms in the nervous system or skin).

Inform your doctor if you have ever suffered from the following:

  • Liver disease;
  • Kidney disease or
  • A seizure.

It is not clear if this medication will affect a newborn baby. Inform your doctor if you are expecting.

Carisoprodol may be absorbed into the breast milk and could cause drowsiness in breastfeeding babies. Tell your doctor when you breastfeed.

This medicine is not authorised for use by any person younger than 16 years of age.

Senior adults could have a greater sensitivity to the side effects of this drug.

How to Take Carisoprodol?

Follow the exact dosage of carisoprodol that was prescribed to you. Follow the instructions on your prescription's label and read the medication guide or instructions sheets.

Carisoprodol could be a drug that can cause dependence. Intoxication can result in addiction, overdose or even death. Selling or giving away this medication is against the law.

Carisoprodol is typically taken three times daily and at night. It is best used for a period of two or three months. Consult your physician if symptoms don't improve or if they become worse. Follow the doctor's instructions for dosage with care.

Do not stop taking this medication abruptly after the duration of use, or you may suffer from uncomfortable withdrawal effects. Consult your physician about how to stop using this medication.

Carisoprodol is a small part of a comprehensive program of treatment which may also include physical therapy, rest and other methods to ease the pain. Follow the instructions of your physician.

Keep at room temperature, free of heat and moisture.

Be aware of the medication you are taking. Carisoprodol can be a substance of abuse, and you should be aware of anyone using it in a way that is not legal or without a prescription.

Details on Dosage:

Usual Adult Dose for Muscle Spasm:

250-350 mg daily, orally and at nighttime

The duration of treatment: Up to 2 or 3 weeks


This drug should only be used for short durations (up to 2 to 3 weeks) because there isn't enough evidence of its efficacy for extended use. In addition, acute, pain-producing musculoskeletal problems are typically only short-duration.

Use: To relieve pain that comes with chronic, painful musculoskeletal disorders.

What happens if Miss a Dose?

You should take the medication as quickly as you can but do not take your missed dosage if it's nearing the time to take the next dose. Don't have two doses at one time.

What Happens If I Overdose?

Get medical attention immediately or contact the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222. A high dose of carisoprodol can cause death, especially if you consume it in conjunction with alcohol or other substances that may cause a slowing of breathing.

The symptoms of an overdose can include eye problems, confusion, hallucinations, muscle stiffness, loss of coordination, slow or weak breathing, seizures, fainting, or coma.

Avoid This

Avoid drinking or consuming alcohol. Dangerous side effects or even death may occur.

Avoid driving and other hazardous activities until you know what this medicine's effects are on you. Dizziness or drowsiness could result in accidents, falls, or serious injuries.

Side Effects of Carisoprodol

See a doctor immediately. Get medical attention directly if you exhibit symptoms of an allergic reaction due to carisoprodol: hives or difficulty breathing and swelling of your lips, face and tongue.

Mild Effects

Stop taking this medicine and contact your doctor immediately if you suffer from:

  • A seizure (convulsions); or
  • Serotonin levels are high in the body and can cause agitation and hallucinations. It can cause sweating, shivering, rapid heart rate, stiff muscles, losing coordination, twitching, nausea, and vomiting diarrhoea.

Adverse Effects

Adverse carisoprodol side effects be:

  • Drowsiness;
  • Dizziness;

This isn't a complete list of all side effects. Others could happen. Consult your physician for advice regarding medical adverse effects. You may report any adverse reactions to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Interaction with Other Drugs

It is sometimes not safe to take certain medications simultaneously. Certain drugs may affect the blood levels and the other medicines you are taking, creating side effects or rendering the drugs less effective.

Carisoprodol, in combination with other medications which cause sleepiness or cause breathing to slow down, could result in dangerous adverse side effects or even the death of a person. Ask your doctor before taking opioids, such as a sleeping pill, a muscle relaxer, or medication to treat anxiousness or seizures.

Numerous drugs are a cause of interaction with carisoprodol. This includes over-the-counter and prescription drugs, vitamins, and herbal supplements. There are not all interactions contained in this list. Inform your doctor of your current medications and any medication you begin or stop taking.




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