Soma, which is the more common name for Carisoprodol, is a muscle relaxer. Combined with other muscle-relaxing measures such as rest and physical therapy, soma can relieve the pain and discomfort caused by sprains, strains and other muscle injuries. The soma, or rela, as it’s also called, can also be used as a treatment option for people with fibromyalgia.
Taken by mouth, osma blocks pain sensations between the nerves and brain. Carisoprodol may become habit-forming. The medication should not be shared. It is generally recommended as a prescription for individuals with a history of drug abuse and/or addiction. Soma should not be taken by people allergic to it or meprobamate (Equanil, Miltown). Individuals with porphyria, an abnormality in heme production. (Heme is an important bodily substance that is usually found in the blood and bone marrow.)
Approved by the FDA for usage in 1959, somma is not as commonly prescribed as newer muscle relaxants. Besides the fact that it can be addictive, the medication has a strong, generalized sedative effect. You should not drive or operate heavy machinery while under the influence of this medication, especially until you know for sure how it affects you. Soma is not a good fit for patients with a prior history of seizure disorders such as epilepsy as well as liver and/or kidney disease. It can interact negatively with medications for allergies, coughs, colds as well as other muscle relaxers, sedatives, tranquilizers and certain vitamins.
Make sure to let your doctor know about all the over the counter and prescription medications you are already taking.
Soma is not recommended for pregnant women and/or nursing mothers. It is not known whether the medication can pass through the breast milk or if it will harm an unborn fetus or a nursing baby. Do not carisoprodo to a child younger than 12 years old.
Carisoprodol, which should be stored at room temperature, should be taken with milk or food as it can cause nausea and an upset stomach. Other side effects of som include:
- Heart palpitations (increased heart rate)
- Skin rash
If any of the following symptoms occur, you should call your doctor immediately:
- Difficult breathing
- Burning in the eyes