How should I take Soma?
Take Soma exactly as it was prescribed for you. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Soma is usually taken 3 times per day and at bedtime. Follow your doctor’s dosing instructions very carefully.
This medicine should be used for only a short time; up to 2 or 3 weeks unless your doctor tells you otherwise.
Before taking this medicine
You should not use Soma if you are allergic to carisoprodol or meprobamate, or if you have:
- porphyria (a genetic enzyme disorder that causes symptoms affecting the skin or nervous system).
To make sure Soma is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
- liver disease;
- kidney disease; or
- a history of seizures.
It is not known whether Soma will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant.
Carisoprodol can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Soma is not approved for use by anyone younger than 16 years old.
Older adults may be more sensitive to the effects of this medicine.
Misuse of habit-forming medicine can cause addiction, overdose, or death.
Do not stop using carisoprodol suddenly after long-term use, or you could have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Ask your doctor how to safely stop using this medicine.
Soma is only part of a complete program of treatment that may also include rest, physical therapy, or other pain relief measures. Follow your doctor’s instructions.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222. An overdose of carisoprodol can be fatal, especially if you take this medicine with alcohol or with other drugs that can slow your breathing.
Overdose symptoms may include vision problems, confusion, hallucinations, muscle stiffness, weak or shallow breathing, fainting, or coma.
What should I avoid while taking Soma?
Do not drink alcohol. Dangerous side effects or death can occur when alcohol is combined with Soma.
Carisoprodol may impair your thinking or reactions. Avoid driving or operating machinery until you know how this medicine will affect you. Dizziness or severe drowsiness can cause falls or other accidents.
Soma dosing information
Usual Adult Dose for Muscle Spasm:
250 to 350 mg orally 3 times a day and at bedtime
Duration of therapy: Up to 2 to 3 weeks
-This drug should only be used for short periods (up to 2 or 3 weeks) as there is inadequate evidence of effectiveness for more prolonged use and acute, painful musculoskeletal conditions are generally of short duration.
Use: For the relief of discomfort associated with acute, painful musculoskeletal conditions
What other drugs will affect Soma?
Taking Soma with other drugs that make you sleepy or slow your breathing can cause dangerous side effects or death. Ask your doctor before taking a sleeping pill, pain medicine, prescription cough medicine, a muscle relaxer, or medicine for anxiety, depression, or seizures.
Tell your doctor about all your current medicines and any you start or stop using, especially:
- fluoxetine or fluvoxamine;
- St. John’s wort;
- antifungal medicine – ketoconazole, voriconazole;
- a sedative – diazepam, alprazolam, lorazepam,Valium, Xanax, and others;
- seizure medicine – carbamazepine, oxcarbazepine; or
- stomach acid reducers – esomeprazole, lansoprazole, omeprazole, pantoprazole, Nexium, Prilosec.
This list is not complete. Other drugs may interact with carisoprodol, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible interactions are listed in this medication guide.