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Carisoprodol is an FDA-approved muscle relaxant and pain blocker medicine.
It is sold under the brand name Soma and generic name Carisoprodol. Carisoprodol also cures your short-term muscular pain and discomfort. Carisoprodol is an oral medication which should only be used after getting a prescription from the doctor
Most doctors prescribe it for use, along with rest and physical therapies. It is thus useful for the treatment of skeletal muscle conditions like pain and injuries.
Sometimes, Carisoprodol may be prescribed for the purposes we’re not mentioning here.
The most common dosage of Carisoprodol is for the duration of 2 to 3 weeks only. However, there is no evidence of its effectiveness when consumed for more than this duration. Also, muscular pain is expected to heal within this period, so you don’t have to continue it for long.
- This medicine is not for use during pregnancy, breastfeeding.
- Avoid using this medicine for children under 17 years of age.
- Carisoprodol may not be prescribed to some patients if certain health factors don’t permit. Thus, it would help if you only use it after getting a prescription.
How do Carisoprodol works?
This muscle relaxant medicine works by blocking the pain sensations between the brain and the nerves. As the brain receives the signals to calm down, the symptoms are treated, and medical conditions are healed.
- Carisoprodol (available in 350 Mg) is a strong dosage. Hence, it may be prescribed depending on the severity of health issues for the patient.
- The most common dosage is one per day. Carisoprodol is available as white tablets, which should be swallowed as a whole with a glass of water.
- Make sure not to crush, break, or chew the tablet.
- You may take Carisoprodol with or without having food. Carisoprodol is highly effective in both cases.
- Don’t drink alcohol when you’re about to use Carisoprodol.
- Ask your doctor about consuming Carisoprodol safely if you’re using other medicines. This may help you to keep a considerable gap between medicines and avoid conflicts.
What happens if you miss or skip taking Carisoprodol?
If you forget to take Carisoprodol, take it as soon as you remember. If your next scheduled dosage is near, don’t use Carisoprodol immediately.
What happens if you overdose on Carisoprodol?
Overdosing Carisoprodol can be extremely harmful to your health. You won’t heal instantly but will worsen your physical health to the extreme.
Side-effects of Carisoprodol
The following are some of the most common side-effects of Carisoprodol. They are temporary & disappear as the effects of the medicine diminish from the body.
- Mood Swings
- Allergic reactions like Swelling of body parts, skin irritation, rashes, etc
- Breathing troubles
- Increased Heart Rate
- Carisoprodol should be stored at normal room temperature between 15 to 25 degrees Celsius.
- Keep Carisoprodol out of the reach of children.
- Discuss your medical health with the doctor before starting to use Carisoprodol
- Tell your doctor if you are suffering from serious health problems (heart, kidney, liver, eye, etc.)
- Seek immediate medical help if the side effects last longer than 24 or 48 hours
- Ask for alternate medicines if you think Carisoprodol is not working for you.
1) Is Carisoprodol FDA approved?
Yes. FDA approved Carisoprodol in 1959.
2) Can I buy Carisoprodol without a prescription?
No. You should buy Carisoprodol only if you have been prescribed with it. The most common dosage of Carisoprodol is 350 Mg, i.e., higher dosage. Your health conditions may get worse if you use this medicine based on the assumption of symptoms.
3) Is Carisoprodol habit-forming?
Carisoprodol has shown addictive effects in some patients when taken for a long time. Ask your doctor for more information about this.
4) Is Carisoprodol safe to use during pregnancy?
Carisoprodol may have adverse effects on the fetus. It may lead to excessive bleeding during delivery and passes through breast milk. And so it is not recommended to use Carisoprodol among pregnant women or while breastfeeding. Tell your doctor if you are planning to conceive.
5) Is Carisoprodol safe to consume with alcohol?
No. Dizziness is one of the most common side effects of Carisoprodol. When you consume alcohol and Carisoprodol together, both of them cause dizziness. Such sudden changes may be intolerable for your body.
6) Which drugs interact with Carisoprodol?
Some drugs are suggested not to use with Carisoprodol as they may not interact well with this medicine. Here are some of them listed:
There may be more drugs that may conflict with Carisoprodol. Tell your doctor about your current medicines, allergies, and serious health issues (if any).
7) How long should I continue using Carisoprodol?
Most patients are prescribed with Carisoprodol for 2 to 3 weeks only. However, this duration may depend on the patient’s health conditions, age, the severity of muscle damage or nerve pain, and so on. So, ask your doctor until when you should use Carisoprodol.
8) How to stop taking Carisoprodol?
You cannot stop using Carisoprodol at once. Most patients are guided to lower Carisoprodol consumption than usual. After that, the lowering of dosage continues even more. This way, Carisoprodol dosage is discontinued safely.
Please don’t stop using Carisoprodol just because you think you don’t need it anymore. Its withdrawal effects may be intolerable for your health.
9) Who should not use Carisoprodol?
Carisoprodol should not be used under the following conditions:
- During seizures
- If you are allergic to Carisoprodol
- If you have symptoms of Porphyria
- If you have any severe health issues like heart disease
- You’re suffering from kidney and liver problems
- You have had eye problems like Glaucoma
- You are consuming any medicines that conflict with Carisoprodol