Where is Carisoprodol used?
Carisoprodol is used short-term for the treatment of muscle pain and discomfort. This medication helps relax the muscles. This is usually used along with physical therapy, rest, and other treatments.
Carisoprodol blocks pain sensations between the nerves and the brain and this is a muscle relaxer. This belongs to the group of medications called muscle relaxants. Carisoprodol is originally approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2007. This is available in tablets for oral use.
How does Carisoprodol work?
Carisoprodol is given as a pain reliever even though it works like a prescription muscle relaxant. This is because it indirectly relieves pain by calming the muscles where the most amount of pain is found. Because of this, Carisoprodol is usually recommended exactly for muscle injuries – such as a strained or pulled muscle.
This medication is centrally acting. This means that it simply blocks the sensation of pain between the body’s nerves and the brain. The intended side effect is to relax the muscles in the target area, as they are not experiencing or feeling pain. This is where the risk of this medicine abuse comes in. If someone takes more Carisoprodol than recommended, they can become either drowsy or giddy.
How is Carisoprodol taken?
The dose and dosing instruction is based on your condition and response. This is usually taken 3 to 4 times a day. Take this by mouth and with a full glass of water. You may take this with or without food. Take this medication exactly as it is prescribed. To avoid complications, do not twice the given dosage.
Do not stop using this medication suddenly after long-term use, or you might have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Ask your doctor how to safely stop using this medication.
What are the possible side effects of Carisoprodol?
- Blurred vision
- Upset stomach
- Inability to sleep or insomnia
Call for medical help right away if there is a sign of allergic reaction:
- Difficult breathing
- Swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat
Stop using this medication if these happen:
- Seizure or convulsion
- High levels of serotonin in the body (diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, loss of coordination, fever, sweating, and shivering)
What are the precautions in taking Carisoprodol?
- Tell your doctor what prescription and non-prescription medications you are taking especially medications for coughs, allergies, colds, vitamins, muscle relaxants, sleeping pills, sedatives, or tranquilizers.
- You should not stop taking this medication without talking/consulting your doctor.
- Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant before using this medication. This medication should only be used by pregnant or breastfeeding women when needed.
- You should not take Carisoprodol if you have porphyria.
- This drug may be habit-forming. Never share this medication with another person. Misuse of habit-forming medicine can cause overdose, addiction, or death.
- Inform your doctor if you ever had an allergic reaction to this medicine or you have any allergies.
- Keep this away from moisture and heat.