Soma Muscle Relaxer
As a prescription muscle relaxer, Soma® (carisoprodol) can help relieve muscle spasms caused by injuries or other muscle problems. This medication is approved for use in adults and adolescents age 16 years old and older. It is meant to be used temporarily (up to two or three weeks) and has the potential to be abused.
Although it is not entirely clear as to how Soma works to treat muscle spasms, it is known that it mostly works in the brain stem and spinal cord (not directly on the muscles). Also, the liver metabolizes the drug into meprobamate, a barbiturate medication with anti-anxiety and sedative properties. It is thought that this metabolite may contribute to the abuse potential of Soma.
Before using this muscle relaxer, warnings and precautions should be fully reviewed with your healthcare provider. For example, make sure your healthcare provider is aware of any other medications you are taking (including vitamins and non-prescription medicines), as well as any other medical conditions you may have before starting treatment with Soma. Possible side effects include drowsiness, dizziness, and headaches.
(Click Soma for a complete overview of this drug. This article also discusses how Soma works, potential side effects, and safety concerns to be aware of before using this medication.)