What Are Somas?

Many people may wonder, "What are Somas?" What they are actually referring to is a drug called Soma® (carisoprodol).
 
Soma is a prescription medication used to treat muscle spasms in adults and adolescents age 16 and older. This prescription muscle relaxant is meant to be used temporarily (up to two or three weeks) and does have the potential for abuse (although it is not classified as a controlled substance).
 
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.
 
Although most people do not experience problems with this medication, Soma can cause side effects. Some of the common side effects include headaches, drowsiness, and dizziness. Soma comes in the form of a tablet, and is typically taken three times a day and at bedtime.
 
(For more information, click Soma. This article provides a complete overview of Soma, including information on its uses, how it works, possible side effects, and what to tell your healthcare provider before starting treatment with this medication.)
 
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