Some general considerations for when and how to take carisoprodol include the following:
- Carisoprodol comes in tablet form. It is usually taken by mouth three times daily and at bedtime.
- You can take the medication with food or on an empty stomach. If it bothers your stomach, try taking it with food.
- In general, it should only be used for a maximum of two to three weeks at a time.
- The muscle relaxant can cause significant drowsiness, so 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.
There is only one standard way to dose carisoprodol, 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.
(Click Carisoprodol Dosage for more information.)
Carisoprodol can potentially interact with a number of other medications (see Drug Interactions With Carisoprodol).
People who take too much carisoprodol may have overdose symptoms that include, but are not limited to:
- Loss of life
- Slow and shallow breathing
- Low blood pressure (hypotension).
If you happen to overdose, seek medical attention immediately.
(Click Soma Overdose for more information.)