How to Use?
Soma is an oral medication which can be taken with or without food or as directed by your doctor. It is usually taken 3-4 times a day. This has to be taken on a short-term basis for 3 weeks or less.
It can cause stomach upset if you have nausea or diarrhea, or patients having acidity. In such cases, it is preferred to consume the medicine with food or at least milk.
The dosage is decided upon the treatment response, your medical condition, and your age. It is advised to consult a doctor for dosage and physical fitness check.
The dosage should not be increased or more than prescribed as it will elevates the risk of adverse effects and also your condition will worsen and not improve any faster.
There can be signs of withdrawal reactions when using this medicine, mainly, in the cases where it is used for longer time periods or higher dosage than recommended. The symptoms seen are usually, headache, nausea, stomach cramps, or trouble while sleeping. This can be also seen if you stop using this medication without consulting the doctor or suddenly.
In the initial doses, the dosage given is very low and then gradually increased, but if you face these symptoms at a higher dosage then your doctor will slowly lower the dosage. Also if you suffer from any of these symptoms immediately show them to your doctor. If not then the condition can worsen and it can last for more than a week.
This is not the complete list of all the side effects. If you feel any kind of discomfort or uncomfortable go visit the doctor.
As it is a sedative, it is advised not to use any machinery or drive any vehicle. The medicine should not be taken with alcohol. Alcohol consumption and smoking should be avoided or taken at minimal levels.
The side effects are not seen in majority patients and the allergic reactions are rare. The intensity of the side effects will consequently decrease after some time and it happens in all the cases.
The withdrawal symptoms also include the status epilepticus. It psychologically affects the person causing depression, social withdrawal, aggression, more aggravated phobias or memory loss.
This drug can be misused or someone can get addicted to it or some might just overdose themselves. The treatment includes using Diazepam or Clonazepam and then slowly reducing the dose and replacing it at such a rate where the person is comfortable.
This medicine contains Carisoprodol. So if you have any allergies with this or to tybamate, meprobamate (Miltown, Neuramate) then inform to your doctor regarding it before taking this drug. Also, carefully check the ingredients of the medicine.
Always consult the doctor before taking this medicine and give your complete detailed medical history, like, any liver disease, kidney disorder, a blood disorder, seizures, any addictions or any family history. Based on this the dosage and the level of safety of the drug are decided.
Allergic reactions can be avoided if considered the ingredients before taking the medicine and also showing your doctor for possible substitutes.
Also, mention all the medicines be it prescribed or non-prescribed or herbal or ayurvedic to your doctor to avoid any drug interactions. Also tell about the dietary supplements you take, any vitamins or sleeping pills, any cough syrup or medication for cold or allergies.
The dosage is different for older adults and children. It also differs from person to person so, please never try to share your prescribed drugs with other people. It can be fatal sometimes and the risk of falling is increased when people get sensitive to side effects.
It is not suggested for breastfeeding women or pregnant, also if you plan on becoming pregnant. It can be used only when necessary and after the consultation of the doctor. This medicine passes into breast milk and can harm the infant.
In case you miss regular dose consume it as soon as you remember but never ever double the dosage to make up with the earlier one. If not then let the dose be skipped and continue with the next dose. Overdose is when you take the medicine more than prescribed. It can also be due to drug addiction.
The symptoms resulting from overdose are respiratory depression, severe dizziness/drowsiness, trouble in breathing, confusion, unsteady movement, not able to do bodily movements or blurred vision.
Overdose can also result in coma or death. These symptoms can also be seen if Carisoprodol is taken in combination with opioids or alcohol. The pupils become unresponsive to light.
When there is an overdose immediately contact the medical assistance or visit the nearest hospital.
It has to be stored somewhere away from moisture and light. This medication has to be used for the given condition and not for later uses for some other pain in the body. Pain in our body occurs in many forms like muscle pain, tendon/ligament tear, bone fracture, etc and the solution for each pain is different.
Do not flush out the medicine. There is a proper way of disposal which you can take information from the local garbage department of the pharmacist.