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Side Effects of Carisoprodol

Fainting, seizures, and a rapid heart rate are potentially serious side effects of carisoprodol that require medical attention. However, most side effects of the medication are mild and either do not require treatment or can be treated easily. Some of these more common carisoprodol side effects include dizziness, headaches, and drowsiness.

An Introduction to Carisoprodol Side Effects

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with carisoprodol (Soma®). However, not everyone who takes the medication will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with carisoprodol. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of carisoprodol side effects with you.)

Side Effects of Carisoprodol to Report

There are a number of possible side effects with carisoprodol that you should report to your healthcare provider. These include, but are not limited to:
  • Seizures
  • Fainting
  • A rapid heart rate (tachycardia)
  • Depression
  • Feeling a need to take carisoprodol more often than prescribed or when a medical problem no longer exists (see Soma Abuse)
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, including unexplained rash, hives, itching, unexplained swelling, wheezing, or difficulty breathing or swallowing.

Common Side Effects Seen With Carisoprodol

Carisoprodol has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials. In these studies, the side effects that occur in a group of people taking the drug are documented and are then compared to side effects that occur in another group of people not taking the medicine. This way, it is possible to see what side effects occur, how often they appear, and how they compare to the group not taking the medicine.
In these studies, the most common carisoprodol side effects included:
  • Drowsiness -- in up to 17 percent of people
  • Dizziness -- up to 8 percent
  • Headaches -- up to 5 percent.
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