The usual starting dosage of carisoprodol is one 250 mg or 350 mg tablet three times a day and at bedtime. If you experience significant drowsiness while taking the drug, you may need to only take it at night. It is important to follow carisoprodol dosing guidelines carefully, as the medication is only intended to be used for a maximum of two or three weeks.
There is only one standard way to dose carisoprodol (Soma®), regardless of your age or weight. As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
The recommended starting dosage of carisoprodol is one tablet (of either strength, 250 mg or 350 mg) three times a day and at bedtime. Carisoprodol is intended to be used for a maximum of two to three weeks at a time. This should be enough time to allow any muscle injury or damage to heal. If you feel that the problem has not improved after two or three weeks, check with your healthcare provider. You may have an ongoing problem that needs to be treated differently.
Some considerations for people taking carisoprodol include the following:
- Carisoprodol comes in tablet form. It is usually taken by mouth three times daily and at bedtime.
- You can take it with food or on an empty stomach. If it bothers your stomach, try taking it with food.
- In general, the medication should only be used for a maximum of two to three weeks at a time.
- It can cause significant drowsiness, and your healthcare provider may recommend that you take it only at night, especially if you need to be alert during the day.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. It will not work if you stop taking it.
- If you are unsure about anything related to your dosage or carisoprodol dosing in general, please talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.