Soma is a wonderful muscle relaxer having the active component Carisoprodol. The drug is known to relax the sore muscles by blocking the sensations of pain between the nerves and the brain. Soma is a very popular and effective medication prescribed in the first place by a large number of doctors for treating muscle cramps and other musculoskeletal conditions. Soma is to be used along with adequate rest and physical therapy in order to treat any sort of injuries or other painful musculoskeletal conditions. The med relaxes the muscles and provides comfort.
Properties of Soma
Soma is available in the dosage strengths of 250mg and 350mg. You can find the Soma pills in round shapes, white in color in the form of crystalline powder. These pills have mild characteristic odor and they also taste bitter. Soma pills are slightly soluble in water and freely soluble in alcohol. In addition to the active ingredient Carisoprodol in Soma, the drug also comprises of few inactive compounds like alginic acid, potassium sorbate, starch, calcium phosphate, magnesium stearate and also tribasic calcium phosphate.
Soma dosage and administration
Soma can be taken by mouth will a full glass of water irrespective of having had food or not. The pill is usually taken four times a day. The dosage is however based on your age, present medical condition and your response to the drug. The doctor might titrate your dosage level from time to time depending upon your health status. This drug is meant only for a short term, say 3 weeks or less. It is to be taken longer than this period only if you are advised to do so by a licensed healthcare physician. You should not increase or decrease the dosage level of Soma on your own or take it longer than what is recommended as doing so will only result in unfavorable health consequences. Your health will not improve any faster if you take more of Soma, it will actually aggravate the risks of side effects.
Precautions while taking Soma
Inform your doctor in advance before being prescribed for Soma if you are allergic to the drug or to any of its ingredients. This med comprises of certain inactive compounds which can cause allergic reactions in your body. If you have any history of medical illness like kidney disease, seizure, liver disease, certain blood disorder or if you have a history of alcohol or drug abuse, speak about the same to your doctor before getting Soma prescribed. Soma has the ability to cause dizziness or drowsiness, therefore do not drive or engage in doing any heavy machinery works as these activities require alertness. Avoid alcoholic beverages while you are taking Soma. Before having any surgery, let your dentist or your surgeon know that you are taking Soma.
Soma overdose and missed dose
Take Soma pills at the same time each day so as to remember them easily. If you have missed any Soma dosage, then take them as soon as you remember. In case it is already time for the next dose, then skip the missed dose and take the subsequent dosage. Do not take two doses at once in order to make up for the missed dose as doing so will only result in severe health consequences. If you have overdosed Soma, then call for emergency helpline number or rush to the nearest hospital immediately. The symptoms of overdose include vision problems, confusion, hallucinations, feeling light-headed, seizures or convulsions, shallow breathing, fainting, rapid heartbeats or muscle stiffness.
Side effects of Soma
If you notice any signs of allergic reactions like hives, breathing difficulty, swelling of your tongue, throat, face or lips, then get emergency medical help immediately. If you experience any of the serious side effects as mentioned below, then approach your nearest physician immediately.
- Loss of vision
- Seizures or convulsions
- Loss of feeling i.e. paralysis
- Fast or pounding heartbeats
- Agitation or confusion
- Feeling of lightheadedness
- Lack of coordination
- Becoming extremely weak
Common side effects
- Blurred vision
- Feeling irritated
- Finding it difficult to sleep i.e. insomnia
- Upset stomach
Soma drug interactions
Drug interactions change the way the medicines work or can increase the risk of serious side effects. There are various drugs that can interact with Soma. You need to inform about all the other meds you are taking along with Soma including any prescription pills, over the counter meds or any natural or herbal supplements. Vitamins, minerals or drugs that are prescribed for treating any other purpose also are supposed to be made a note of. Intimate your physician if you are taking any antihistamines, drugs that treat insomnia or anxiety conditions, muscle relaxants, narcotic pain relievers etc. Check the labels of the drugs that you purchase and make sure if you can take them by getting it verified by the pharmacists.