Soma (Carisoprodol) is a muscle relaxant, used to relieve the pain and discomfort due to strain and sprain.
Usually for adult it is prescribed to take 350 mg tablet of Soma three times a day and at bedtime. Do not give Soma to children under 12 years. Better take Soma with food, or with milk, to minimize the probability of stomach upset.
The action of Soma is due to blocking electrical communication among nerves in the reticular formation of the brain and in the spinal cord.
If you miss a dose of Soma, take it as soon as remembered if it is within an hour or so. If it is too late, skip this missed dose and go back to your usual dosing schedule.
Store Soma at room temperature 15 - 30 degrees C ( about 59 degrees F). Do not store in the bathroom or at any source of moisture.
Soma Safety information
Do not take Soma if:
- you have acute intermittent porphyria
- you are allergic to any ingredients of Soma
- you have kidney disease
- you have liver disease
If you are taking Soma with these conditions anyway, tell your doctor to control the therapy with laboratory tests.
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding take Soma with caution, only when clearly needed. It is also not known if Soma passes into breast milk, therefore we do not recommend to take Soma while you are breastfeeding.
Do not take Soma without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby. Soma is not approved for use for children younger than 12 years old.
Soma Side effects
The most common side effects of Soma are:
- depressive reactions,
- allergic reactions (rash, hives, erythema multiforme, itch, difficulty breathing),
- anaphylactoid shock
If you experienced any of these reactions, call emergency immediately.