SOMA DRUG INFO
The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute
for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or
other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate
that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you.
Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.
CARISOPRODOL - ORAL (kar-iss-oh-PRO-dole)
COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Soma
USES: This medication relaxes muscles
and relieves pain and discomfort associated with strains, sprains,
spasms or other muscle injuries. Muscle relaxers are for specific
muscle injury and pain and should not be used for general body aches
HOW TO USE: This medication may
be taken with food or immediately after meals to prevent stomach
upset. Take this as directed. Do not increase your dose or take
it more often than prescribed. This medication provides temporary
relief and must be used in addition to rest, physical therapy and
other measures. Because this medication makes an injury temporarily
feel better, do not attempt to lift or exercise too soon. Follow
your doctor's instructions for recovery.
SIDE EFFECTS: This medication may
cause stomach upset, heartburn, headache, dizziness or drowsiness.
If these symptoms persist or worsen, notify your doctor promptly.
Inform your doctor promptly if you develop: persistent stomach pain,
rapid heart rate. In the unlikely event you have an allergic reaction
to this drug, seek immediate medical attention. Symptoms of an allergic
reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, trouble breathing.
If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor
Tell your doctor your medical history, especially of: any liver
or kidney disease, blood disorders, porphyria, asthma, any allergies.
When rising quickly from a sitting or lying position, dizziness
or lightheadedness may occur. Change positions slowly. Use caution
engaging in activities requiring alertness (such as driving) if
this drug makes you dizzy or drowsy. Limit alcohol intake while
taking this medication. This drug should be used only when clearly
needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your
doctor. Carisoprodol is excreted into breast milk. Consult your
doctor before breast-feeding.
DRUG INTERACTIONS: Tell your doctor
of all over-the-counter and prescription medication you may take
including: sedatives, tranquilizers, sleeping pills, narcotic pain
relievers, medication for depression and certain antihistamines
(e.g., diphenhydramine). Many cough-and-cold products contain antihistamines,
which can cause drowsiness. Check labels carefully and consult your
pharmacist if you have any questions. Do not start or stop any medicine
without doctor or pharmacist approval.
OVERDOSE: If overdose is suspected,
contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.
Symptoms of overdose may include unusual dizziness or drowsiness,
fainting, nausea, vomiting, facial flushing, fast heartbeat, and
loss of consciousness.
NOTES: Do not share this medication
MISSED DOSE: If you miss a dose,
take it as soon as remembered if it is within an hour or so. If
you do not remember until later, skip the missed dose and resume
your usual dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose
to catch up.
STORAGE: Store at room temperature
between 59 and 86 degrees F (between 15 and 30 degrees C) away from
moisture and sunlight. Do not store in the bathroom.