Soma, the active ingredient of which is Carisoprodol, is used in painful musculoskeletal conditions. It is indicated as a short-term treatment for muscle pain and discomfort. Patients are advised to take rest, to do physical therapies, and other treatments along with Soma. This medicine works by helping to relax the muscles. It is also used as a recreational agent for abuse for its heavy sedating, relaxant, and anxiolytic effects.
Things to know before taking Soma
- It is prescribed for an individual, shouldn’t be considered as generalised medicine for pain. Who take Soma medication they must know that it is a habit forming drug and should be used only by the person whom it is prescribed for.
- It should be used for short-term only and is indicted only for acute pain of musculoskeletal system
- It shouldn’t be given to any person who has a previous history of drug abuse, drug addiction or drug dependence. It is always recommend placing the medicine separately away from general medicines so that it can be used only by the person whom it is prescribed for.
- Soma produces withdrawal symptoms if the drug is suddenly stopped after consuming for long period of time. Studies conducted after the marketing strategies with SOMA, shows cases of dependence, withdrawal, and abuse after prolonged use of drug by the individuals. If the pain in musculoskeletal system still persists as previously, the individuals are advised to contact their healthcare provider for further evaluation. Withdrawal symptoms include headache, nausea, stomach pain, insomnia and seizure. Dose tapering is done before it is actually stopped by the patient. Especially withdrawal of high dose Carisoprodol can be life-threatening. A titration plan can be agreed between the patient and the physician to check whether the drug is safe, comfortable and effective to avoid drug dependence and drug addiction.
- As the drug has sedative properties, individuals should avoid driving and operating hazardous machinery. Anything which requires an individual to be awake and alert should be avoided.
- Discuss with your healthcare provider if you are taking CNS depressant drugs including alcohol as carisoprodol may have additive depressive action on CNS. Alcohol intake may increase the dizziness and drowsiness due to its CNS depressant nature.
- Carisoprodol may cause convulsions (seizure)
CNS depression occurs due to over dosage of SOMA. Basic measures should be taken depending upon clinical presentation of the SOMA overdose. Over dosing may cause severe side effects such as
- Problem in breathing
- Problems in seeing
- Muscle pain
- Rigidity and
- Headache have been reported with SOMA over dosage.
Use in Pregnant Women
Carisoprodol use should be avoided by pregnant women or women who are intending to become pregnant. The medication may cause harm to unborn. There is limited evidence that SOMA passes into breast milk and it can reach up to cluster of 2-4 times more than the maternal plasma concentrations.
Is it easily accessible?
Carisoprodol has been withdrawn and or restrictions have been imposed in many European countries as it causes drug dependence. In United States it is classified as controlled substance in many states.