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Carisoprodol can also be called Soma. It is used for treating musculoskeletal pain. The drug is available in tablet form and is to be taken orally. It can treat pains due to sprains and strains caused by muscle injuries.
How to use Carisoprodol
Carisoprodol is designed for short-term use and can act as a muscle relaxant. It can equally relieve pains in the muscles and can reduce discomfort caused by muscle injury. The drug is not to be used alone; the patient should also get a lot of rest while on treatment with Carisoprodol. Physical therapy can be added to the treatment for a faster result.
The drug is to be taken by mouth. You can take it with or without food also, depending on what your doctor says. You should never be tempted to take more than the normal dose or take it more frequently than recommended. If you do so, it will only lead to an increase in side effects without any notable improvement in your condition.
The doctor will premise his decision on your dosage on your response to treatment and underlying medical conditions. As mentioned earlier, Carisoprodol is to be used for a short period; you should not use it for more than 3 weeks. It is even better if you can use it for a shorter period.
You should not stop the treatment suddenly. If you do, you can end up with withdrawal symptoms, examples of which hare:
- Trouble sleeping
- Stomach cramps
So, make sure you discuss with your doctor before you stop taking the drug. The doctor will taper off the drug slowly to prevent any of the withdrawal symptoms. You can end up with more withdrawal symptoms if you have used a high dose of Carisoprodol for a prolonged period. The drug can cause addiction, even though it is helpful as a muscle relaxant. Those who have a history of substance abuse are more predisposed to addiction.
You should always stick to the prescribed dosage of the drug to help lower the risk of addiction.
Precautions when using Carisoprodol
You should let your doctor know if you have any form of allergy to Carisoprodol or any other thing before you start taking this drug. The doctor should know if you are allergic to the following drugs especially:
Carisoprodol may contain some inactive ingredients that may lead to allergic reactions. Be that as it may, allergic reactions are usually rare in patients taking Carisoprodol.
You should also carry your doctor along if you have a history of the following medical conditions:
- Blood disorders, like acute intermittent porphyria
- Liver disease
- Kidney disease
- Personal or family history of substance abuse or disorder, like drugs or alcohol addiction or overuse.
Carisoprodol can lead to dizziness or drowsiness. The drowsiness can increase if you take marijuana or alcohol. You should avoid operating machinery or driving while taking the drug since it can affect your alertness.
The side effects may be more pronounced in older adults since they are more sensitive to the drug. They may feel confused and drowsy, thereby increasing the chance of falling.
If you are a pregnant woman, you should limit the use of the drug to when it is necessary and make sure you discuss it with your doctor before using it. This also applies to breastfeeding mothers.
How other drugs and foods interact with Carisoprodol can increase the associated risk or make it work better. Taking opioids and other drugs that can cause drowsiness can aggravate the dizziness caused by Carisoprodol.
You should avoid consuming alcohol while taking Carisoprodol. If you do, it can lead to death or very dangerous side effects.
The drug may be addictive. So, you should avoid taking it together with other CNS depressants like tricyclic antidepressants, opioids, benzodiazepines, and alcohol.
You should equally not take Carisoprodol and meprobamate concomitantly; meprobamate is a metabolite of Carisoprodol.
The therapeutic effect of Carisoprodol may be reduced if it is taken together with rifampin, St.John’s Wort, or any other CYPC19 inducer.
How to handle overdose
Overdose can occur when you use more than the prescribed dosage or use drugs related to Carisoprodol concomitantly, especially drugs containing meprobamate. Overdose may cause difficulty in breathing or the individual may even pass out. You should contact the doctor immediately if you take an overdose or see the associated symptoms.
Carisoprodol Side effects
Some of the side effects associated with the use of Carisoprodol are highlighted below:
You should not delay in contacting your doctor if any of the side effects persist for a very long time. Bear in mind that the side effects are rarely severe in many individuals. However, confusion is a serious side effect.
An allergic reaction may also occur, but it is not common. The patient may experience the following allergic reactions:
- Swelling on the throat
- Itching on the tongue
- Rashes on the face
- Severe dizziness
- Trouble breathing
Whatever the case may be, make sure you contact your doctor immediately.
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