Carisoprodol Drug Information
Carisoprodol (Soma®) is a prescription medication used for the short-term treatment of muscle spasms caused by injury or other acute problems. Because this medicine has the potential to be abused, treatment should last no longer than two to three weeks, and people who have a history of drug or alcohol abuse might not be able to take it. Despite its abuse potential, carisoprodol is not considered a controlled substance.
Prior to beginning treatment with this drug, safety information for carisoprodol should be reviewed with your healthcare provider. This includes possible side effects, such as drowsiness and headache, and the proper way to take it. For example, because this medication can cause drowsiness, your healthcare provider may recommend that you take it at night.
(Click Carisoprodol for more information on this drug, including whether it is available in generic form, what to do if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, and signs of an overdose.)