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Skeletal Muscle Relaxants - Carisoprodol - Soma - Rela - Vanadom

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Updated June 07, 2010

Brand Names:

Soma, Rela or Vanadom. These medications are by prescription only.

Generic Name:

Carisoprodol. Carisoprodol is available generically, by prescription only.

Appropriate Usage:

Cariosoprodol is taken by mouth, with a meal, to prevent an upset stomach. It is okay to take if without food, if that suits you. It is taken between 3-4 times a day. DO NOT INCREASE YOUR DOSAGE! If you miss a dose, and it is now closer the the time of the next dose, just resume taking the medication with the next scheduled time. Do not double dose.

Storage:

Store between 59 and 86 degrees F (that's room temperature), away from light and moisture. The Bathroom is NOT the place to store Carisoprodol medications!

How the Medication Works - Drug Action:

Carisoprodol works by blocking the communication between nerves in the brain and spinal cord that are responsible for awakeness and arousal. By blocking these CNS signals, signals that tell muscles to contract and tighten are also blocked.

Side Effects:

Many people take carisoprodol without side effects. However, that is no guarantee from potential side effects. The drug may cause:
  • drowsiness
  • agitation
  • nervousness
  • tremor
  • irritability
  • inability to sleep
  • depression
  • clumsiness
  • headache
  • fast heart beat
  • upset stomach
  • vomiting
  • skin rash

More Serious Side Effects :

The more serious side effects from taking carisoprodol require immediate medical attention:
  • difficulty breathing
  • fever
  • weakness
  • burning eyes

Precautions:

Because carisoprodol suppresses the nerves that are responsible for awakeness and arousal, you may get drowsy or experience clumsiness. Exercise caution when deciding to drive or operate machinery. Taking carisoprodol with alcohol will amplify these effects.

Before taking carisoprodol, tell your doctor if you have:
  • allergies
  • drug abuse or dependence
  • liver disease
  • kidney disease
  • prophyria
  • epilepsy, or any seizure disorder

Precautions - Drug Interactions:

It is always best to tell your doctor you medical history as well as any other medications (both over-the-counter and prescribed), as well as herbal supplements, vitamins and minerals. Specifically, tell him/her about:
  • anti-histamines
  • anti-depressants
  • sedatives
  • tranquilizers
  • sleep aids
  • pain medication
  • barbiturates
  • seizure medication
Any medication that induces drowsiness will affect you if you also take carisoprodol. For more information on drug interactions with carisoprodol, use the Drug Finder.

Bibliography:


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2 MedicineNet. 5.11.98. Retrieved from: http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=6181&pf=3&page=1 January 29, 2006.

3 Drug Information: Carisoprodol MedlinePlus 4.1.03. Retrieved from: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/print/druginfo/medmaster/a682578.html. January 29, 2006.

4 Carisoprodol. WholeHealth MD. Retrieved from: http://www.wholehealthmd.com/refshelf/drugs_view/1,1542,89,00.html. January 29, 2006.

5. Malanga, Gerard, MD. Muscle Relaxants in the Treatment of Acute Low Back Pain, Types of Muscle Relaxing Medication: Part 4. Spine Universe. Retrieved from: http://www.spineuniverse.com/displayarticle.php/article1833.html. January 29, 2006.


Date Create: January 29, 2006
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