Soma Warnings and Precautions
In order to help ensure safe treatment with Soma, warnings and precautions for the medication should be reviewed with your healthcare provider before you start the drug. It is important to know that Soma has the potential to be abused, can interact with certain other medicines, and may cause drowsiness and dizziness. You should not use Soma if you have acute intermittent porphyria.
- A history of drug or alcohol abuse
- Seizures or epilepsy
- Liver disease, such as liver failure, cirrhosis, or hepatitis
- Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
- Acute intermittent porphyria
- Any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Some warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking Soma include the following:
- Even though Soma is not a controlled substance, the body metabolizes it into meprobamate, a different medication that is a controlled substance. As a result, Soma may be abused, especially by people with a tendency toward alcohol or drug abuse (see Soma Abuse).
- Seizures have been reported in people who have taken Soma, usually in combination with other medications.
- The liver and kidneys help remove Soma from the body. If you have liver or kidney disease, your healthcare provider may need to monitor your response to Soma more closely.
- Soma commonly causes drowsiness and dizziness, which may interfere with your ability to drive, operate heavy machinery, or focus mentally.
- Soma can potentially interact with many other medications (see Soma Interactions).
- Soma is considered a pregnancy Category C medication. This means that it may not be safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are not currently known (see Soma and Pregnancy).
- Soma passes through breast milk in humans. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start breastfeeding, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to taking the drug (see Soma and Breastfeeding).