Soma® (carisoprodol) is a medication used to treat muscle spasms caused by injuries or other muscle problems. It is meant to be used temporarily (up to two or three weeks) and has the potential to be abused.
This prescription muscle relaxant comes in tablet form. Soma is taken by mouth, typically three times a day and at bedtime. Soma can cause significant drowsiness. Your healthcare provider may recommend that you take it only at night, especially if you need to be alert during the day.
Soma tablets are available in the following strengths:
- Soma 250 mg
- Soma 350 mg.
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 it is this metabolite that contributes to the abuse potential of Soma.
Although most people tolerate the tablets well, Soma is not suitable for everyone. Some of the common side effects include drowsiness, dizziness, and headaches.
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