What is carisoprodol, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
Carisoprodol is an oral muscle relaxant. Its exact mechanism of action is unknown. It may work by altering communication among nerves in parts of the brain that control the sensation of pain and in the spinal cord.
The FDA approved carisoprodol in April 1959.
What are the uses for carisoprodol?
Carisoprodol is used together with rest and physical therapy for the short-term relief of acute painful muscle and skeletal conditions in adults. It is only used for 2 to 3 weeks.
What brand names are available for carisoprodol?
Is carisoprodol available as a generic drug?
What are the side effects of carisoprodol?
The most common side effects of carisoprodol are:
- Inability to sleep
- Abnormal heart beat
Serious side effects of carisoprodol include:
- Hives (angioedema)
- Serious allergic reactions (anaphylaxis)
Carisoprodol is not a controlled substance. Patients may become dependent on carisoprodol, and discontinuation after long-term use may cause withdrawal symptoms.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Take the medicine as soon as you can, but skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next dose. Do not take two doses at one time.
Carisoprodol (Soma) is a medication prescribed for the treatment of relief of short-term acute painful muscle and skeletal conditions in adults. Side effects may include irritability, insomnia, depression, headache, dizziness, and nervousness. Dosing, drug interactions, and pregnancy and breastfeeding safety should be reviewed prior to taking this medication.