Soma is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1959 for the treatment of painful muscular and skeletal problems. The drug name of Soma is Carisoprodol. In cases of fibromyalgia, Soma can help reduce pain caused by muscle cramps and spasms.
Soma should be used with caution and monitored closely in people with a history of substance abuse, seizures, and kidney or liver problems. Soma is not appropriate for women who are pregnant or nursing.
Soma is a muscle relaxant. It is believed that Soma works by affecting the way nerves communicate.
How do I take it?
Soma is usually taken three times during the day and at bedtime. Soma should not be used for longer than two or three weeks at a time in order to avoid becoming dependent on the drug.
Ask your doctor about using alcohol, barbiturates, or other central nervous system depressants while taking Soma. These substances can intensify some side effects of Soma.
Always follow your doctor’s instructions exactly when taking Soma.
According to the results of a small clinical study completed in 1989, Carisoprodol (Soma) is effective at reducing pain, improving sleep quality, and increasing feelings of well-being in people with fibromyalgia. In addition, the results of the study indicated that Carisoprodol, Acetaminophen, and caffeine were found to be effective in combination as a treatment for fibromyalgia.
Common side effects of Soma include dizziness, vertigo, tremors, vomiting, drowsiness, fast heart rate, upset stomach, rash, and headache.
If side effects are severe or persistent, inform your doctor. Call your doctor immediately if you experience fever, muscle weakness, or burning eyes while taking Soma.
Soma can also cause allergic reactions. Get medical help immediately if you experience difficulty breathing or swelling in the face, throat, eyes, lips or tongue.