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Soma is a medication that is mostly used as a muscle relaxant. Doctors often prescribe it to treat wounds and other muscle, bone and joint injuries alongside with rest and physiotherapy. Its effect is conditioned by blocking the impulses, which are sent to the brain. The generic name of the drug is carisoprodol.
Soma is not available without prescription in a number of countries.
Important information and precautions
Pay close attention to your prescription. It is not recommended to change the dosage of pharmaceutical or take it for too long. Usual treatment period is up to 2-3 weeks.
A patient should not use carisoprodol in case of suffering acute intermittent porphyria. A doctor should be informed about any renal or liver diseases a patient have, before he or she starts taking the medicine. You may need decreased dose of the drug or special surveillance while you undergo a cure.
Be cautious while driving, operating the industrial equipment, or doing some other dangerous and responsible work. Generic Soma may cause drowsiness or giddiness. If you experience something similar, it would be better to avoid such activities. Remember that this medicine may temporarily worsen your mind and body responses.
If you want to avoid the annoying withdrawal symptoms after using the medicine for a long term, quit taking it gradually, without sudden discontinuance.
There is no information on whether the medication can do harm to a fetus. Do not take it without doctor’s advice in case of pregnancy.
There is no data about whether the drug can penetrate into breast milk. If you are a nursing mother, consult your doctor before taking it.
Keep an eye on how many pharmaceutical remains in each bottle. This drug may form a habit, so it is important to know whether any person is taking the medication without prescription or erroneously. It is better not to give the preparation to other people. Someone with addiction or drug abuse history in the past may take advantage of you.
You should be careful while drinking alcohol, because it may intensify somnolence and giddiness, brought about by the drug.
It is not recommended to give the pharmaceutical (even in smaller doses) for children under 12.
You should take carisoprodol strictly according to the medical advice. Seek for expert doctors in case you need more specific information.
Maximal dose of the medicine per day should not exceed 1400 mg (four tablets). Every dose should be taken with a glass of water.
You need to store the drug in room temperature in a dry and cool place.
These are severe adverse reactions that may happen while taking the medicine:
- Loss of vision
- Sensitivity loss or extreme feebleness
- Excitation or trembling
In case you suffer any of these, stop taking the drug immediately and seek for medical advice.
There are less severe side reactions that you may suffer:
- Giddiness or drowsiness
- Blurred vision
In case you have noticed any other unusual adverse reactions, especially the ones that arouse your concern, make an appointment to see a doctor.
What happens in case of overdose
The symptoms of an overdose with generic Soma are the following:
- Weak respiration
- Confusion of consciousness
- Loss of consciousness
You need to seek for medical aid in case you suffer any of these.
If you missed a dose
There is nothing to worry about, just take Soma in that very moment you have remembered. The missed dose could be skipped if it is getting on for the next one ― it is recommended to wait a little.
You should avoid taking a double dose. Try to establish the schedule so that you take the medication with not less than 4-hour interval.