|Up to 6 hours
|Up to 3 weeks
Soma is a muscle relaxer medication, prescribed for the treatment of acute musculoskeletal pain. It is a potentially addictive drug, hence it is prescribed only for short-term usage, not lasting more than three weeks. It is used as part of a larger pain management regimen that includes physical therapy and rest and is not a cure in itself. Available in tablet form, it is generally taken orally and effects usually start to show within thirty minutes of ingestion, lasting up to six hours.
Soma is prescribed to help manage acute musculoskeletal pain, such as severe muscle cramps, sprains, or other muscle injuries. It is used in conjunction with rest and physical therapy and is prescribed for only short-term use, no longer than three weeks. This is because its effects over longer periods of time are not known to have any significant impact on pain management, and muscle sprains and other acute injuries usually heal within the given timeframe anyway. It is also a habit-forming drug, and thus its sale is regulated by prescription only.
Soma is available in tablet form, both 250 mg, and 350 mg. The usual adult dosage is 350 mg tablet thrice a day, and at bedtime, for a period of two to three weeks. In case of a missed dose, a dose should be taken as soon as possible, but double dosing should be avoided.
What if I Overdose?
In case of an overdose, immediate medical attention should be sought. Symptoms of overdose include shallow or weak breathing, vision problems, fainting, hallucinations, seizure, loss of coordination, coma, confusion, or muscle stiffness.
Some common side effects of Soma include dizziness, drowsiness, or headaches, which should subside with time. However, get emergency medical help immediately if you experience convulsions or seizures, or experience any of the symptoms of high serotonin levels in the body (muscle stiffness, agitation, twitching, fever, loss of coordination, shivering, nausea, fast heart rate, vomiting, sweating, diarrhea or hallucinations).
You may also have an allergic reaction to carisoprodol, which can cause swelling of the tongue, throat, face, or lips; difficulty in breathing, or skin breaking out in hives. Immediately contact emergency health services in case of an allergic reaction.
Before Using Soma
You should not use Soma if you are allergic to meprobamate or carisoprodol, or if you are suffering from porphyria.
You should also inform your doctor if you have a history of liver or kidney disease, since the drug is metabolized in the liver and is excreted through the renal system, and may thus affect liver and kidney function. For these same reasons, Soma is generally not prescribed to elderly people.
Carisoprodol, the main ingredient in Soma, is habit-forming. So care should be taken to strictly follow the prescribed dosage and avoid forming a dependency on the drug. Withdrawal symptoms may occur if the dosage is abruptly stopped. Therefore, you should consult your doctor who will gradually lower the dosage before stopping the medication completely.
Care should be taken to avoid taking Soma while pregnant or breastfeeding since the drug may pass into the unborn child or milk.
Use of alcohol should be avoided while under medication. Since the side effects of Soma include drowsiness and dizziness, driving and operation of heavy machinery should also be avoided.
Soma is a prescription-only controlled substance in most countries, due to its potential for addiction and abuse.
- It should be stored in a safe, airtight container away from the reach of children.
- It should also be kept away from people struggling with drug abuse problems.
- As with all other drugs, it should be stored in a cool environment, avoiding direct exposure to sunlight.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is Soma prescribed for?
Soma is a muscle relaxer and is prescribed to help manage acute musculoskeletal pain due to spasms, muscle sprains, severe cramps, etc.
Can one self-prescribe Soma if feeling acute muscle pain?
No, Soma is a Schedule IV controlled substance and can be bought legally only with a prescription, One should not self-prescribe it as it is a habit-forming drug, and has the potential to lead to addiction and abuse.
How often can Soma be taken?
Soma should be taken as prescribed by your physician. The usual dosage for adults is one 350 mg tablet thrice a day. The treatment cycle using Soma generally lasts two to three weeks.
Is Soma safe for pregnant/lactating women?
The effects and safety of the drug during pregnancy/breastfeeding is not known. It is, therefore, better to avoid using it, unless a licensed medical practitioner directs otherwise.
Why is Soma not prescribed for people with liver and kidney issues?
Carisoprodol, the main component in Soma is a compound that is metabolized in the liver and is excreted from the body by the kidneys. Thus, it is not recommended for people who have preexisting conditions in their liver and kidneys, because of the potential for adverse side effects. For the same reason, it is not prescribed to elderly people as well.