Soma – Muscle Relaxer
Soma is a muscle relaxer that is combined with physical therapy and rest for treating injuries and other painful muscoskeletal disorders. It functions by blocking pain sensations between your nerves and brain. It may also be used for other purposes.
Soma may be habit-forming and should not be used by anyone other than the person receiving treatment. Remember to store the medication at a secure place where others would not be able to get to it. The medication can cause side effects that may impair the way you thinking or react. Be careful while doing tasks that require you to be awake and alert.
Withdrawal symptoms may occur when you stop taking the medicine after taking it over a long period of time. These symptoms include sleep problems, nausea, stomach pain, headache, and seizure (convulsions). You should not stop taking the medication suddenly without consulting your doctor first. You may need to gradually decrease the dose before you can stop completely.
Avoid using the medicine if you are allergic to carisoprodol or meprobamate (Equanil, Miltown), or if you have porphyria. Before taking the medicine, inform your doctor about any drugs that cause you allergy or if you have: epilepsy or other seizure disorder; liver disease; or kidney disease. If you have one of these conditions, you may require an adjustment in dose or special tests for safely using Soma. Do not give this medicine to anyone under the age of 12 years old.