Carisoprodol, Soma Drug Facts, Side Effects and Dosing

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Carisoprodol, Soma Drug Facts, Side Effects and Dosing

GENERIC NAME: carisoprodol BRAND NAME: Soma DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Carisoprodol is an oral muscle relaxant. Its exact mechanism of action is unknown. It may work by altering communication among nerves in parts of the brain that control the sensation of pain and in the spinal cord. The FDA approved carisoprodol in April 1959. PRESCRIPTION: Yes GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes.

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PREPARATIONS: Tablets: 250 and 350 mg.

DOSING: The recommended dose of carisoprodol is 250 or 350 mg three times daily and at bedtime.

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DRUG INTERACTIONS : Carisoprodol interacts with other medications and drugs that slow the brain's processes, such as alcohol, barbiturates, benzodiazepines (for example, lorazepam ), and narcotics, accentuating their effects and causing drowsiness.

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PRESCRIBED FOR: Carisoprodol is used together with rest and physical therapy for the short-term relief of acute painful muscle and skeletal conditions in adults. It is only used for 2 to 3 weeks.

Omeprazole (Prilosec) and fluvoxamine (Luvox) may reduce the elimination of carisoprodol, leading to increased side effects.

STORAGE: Tablets should be stored between 15-30 C (59-86 F).

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