The generic name for Soma is Carisoprodol. This medicine is used to relax the muscles and to block the senses between nerves and the brain. The doctor will advise rest and physical exercise in addition to the medicine for the treatment of skeletal muscle condition like injury or pain.
This medicine may form a habit. You should never share this prescription with anyone as the misuse may cause overdose, addiction or even fatal as death. Some side effects can affect your thinking capacity or any reaction. You have to be extra cautious in case you are driving or using heavy machinery. Due to the drowsiness caused due to medicine, it is better to avoid any activity that needs your full attention as it may cause accidents and injuries.
You must avoid taking Soma in case you have allergy to carisoprodol or if you have Porphyria – a disorder in enzymes which affects the skin or nerves.
You can also suffer from withdrawal symptoms after using this medicine for a long time. You should not stop to start taking this medicine without the advice from the doctor. The dosage will be increased or decreased as per your body requirement and health condition as analyzed by the doctor. To ensure that you don’t have any bad effects of this medicine you should tell the doctor if you have a past of seizures, liver disease or kidney disease.
It is unknown if Soma will cause harm to the unborn child, however it is mandatory to tell your doctor if you are going through pregnancy. It is also not known if the medicine will pass through breast milk, hence you should inform your doctor if you are having a nursing child with you. This medicine will not be prescribed to people below 16 years of age as it may cause more harm. Older adults also should be given Soma cautiously as they are more sensitive than others.
Soma is commonly taken thrice a day and during bedtime. You must adhere to the instructions given by your doctor. You should not take a Soma more than 2 or 3 weeks unless your health advisor has told you to. You should keep Soma out of reach of children and pets. Also, keep the medicine away from excess heat and moisture. It should be kept in airtight containers and in closed cabinets to ensure it is in a cool and dry place. Ensure that the medicine is not used as abuse by any other person at home. If you have missed a dose do not worry you can continue with the next dose if you feel it is too late. You should never take a double dose to make up for the missed dose at any time.