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Carisoprodol (By mouth)

Carisoprodol (kar-eye-soe-PROE-dol)

Treats pain and stiffness of muscle spasms. This medicine is a muscle relaxant.

Brand Name(s):

Prazolamine, Soma

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used:

You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to carisoprodol, meprobamate (Miltown®), or tybamate (Tybatran®). You should not use this medicine if you have a history of an enzyme problem called porphyria.

How to Use This Medicine:

Tablet

  • Take your medicine as directed.
  • It is best to take this medicine with food or milk.
  • This medicine is not for long-term use. This medicine should only be used for 2 to 3 weeks.

If a dose is missed:

  • Take a dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then and take a regular dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.

How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine:

  • Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
  • Ask your pharmacist, doctor, or health caregiver about the best way to dispose of any outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.
  • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid:

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are also using St. John's wort, fluvoxamine (Luvox®), omeprazole (Prilosec®), or rifampin (Rifadin®, Rimactane®).
  • Before taking carisoprodol, tell your doctor if you are taking or have taken within the past 2 weeks an MAO inhibitor (MAOI), such as Marplan®, Nardil®, or Parnate®.
  • Do not drink alcohol while you are using this medicine.
  • Tell your doctor if you drink alcohol or if you are using any medicine that makes you sleepy, such as allergy medicine or narcotic pain medicine.

Warnings While Using This Medicine:

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have kidney disease, liver disease, or seizures. Tell your doctor if you have a history of drug abuse or dependence.
  • Carisoprodol can cause dizziness, drowsiness, or blurred vision. Avoid driving, using machines, or doing anything else that could be dangerous if you are not alert.
  • This medicine can be habit-forming. Do not use more than your prescribed dose. Call your doctor if you think your medicine is not working.
  • Do not stop using this medicine suddenly. Your doctor will need to slowly decrease your dose before you stop it completely.
  • Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine:

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
  • Changes in vision
  • Fast, pounding, or uneven heartbeat.
  • Fever, chills, cough, sore throat, and body aches.
  • Lightheadedness or fainting.
  • Seizures.
  • Severe weakness.
  • Skin rash.
  • Swelling.
  • Trouble breathing.

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Headache.
  • Irritability.
  • Nausea, vomiting, or stomach pain.
  • Trouble sleeping.

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088


Last Updated: 7/4/2014


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