A healthcare provider may prescribe Soma® (carisoprodol) to help temporarily relieve certain types of muscle spasms. This prescription muscle relaxant is approved for adults and adolescents age 16 years old and older. Soma does have the potential for abuse (although it is not classified as a controlled substance) and should not be used for more than two to three weeks at a time.
Soma is taken by mouth and comes in tablet form. Oral Soma tablets are typically taken three times a day and at bedtime, and come in the following strengths:
- Soma 250 mg
- Soma 350 mg.
Soma 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.
Although most people tolerate this medication well, it is not suitable for everyone. Possible side effects include drowsiness, dizziness, and headaches.
(Click Soma for more information on how Soma can help relieve certain types of muscle spasms. This article also discusses general dosing guidelines, safety precautions, and tips on effectively using this medication.)