You may have heard about Soma by its other name, carisoprodol. Soma is a muscle relaxant used to block nerve impulses to the brain. This blocks the pain signals, helping your muscles relax and making you virtually pain free. Those who have received physical injury or have a painful muscular disease may have their doctor tell them about Soma. In addition to physical therapy and rest, Soma can be very helpful in relieving symptoms.
Soma comes in the form of a tablet that you take by mouth. As with any prescription medication, if you doctor talks to you about Soma and you both feel it is something you should be taking; you should following the dosage directions carefully. The usual dose is three times a day and at bedtime. You do not have to take Soma with food, but you should drink a full glass of water with each dose. The maximum dose for one 24-hour period is 1,400 mg or 4 tablets.
You should tell the doctor of all your conditions before you even talk about Soma with him. You should tell your doctor before taking Soma if you are allergic to any other types of medication. Also, tell him or her if you are taking any prescription or non-prescription medication. That includes medication for allergies, colds, coughs, sleeping pills, sedatives – even vitamins. Inform the doctor of any liver or kidney disease you may have. If you are pregnant or even thinking about becoming pregnant, mention that to your doctor. It is also important to tell him or her if you are breastfeeding. There is a chance that the Soma could get into the breast milk and to the baby. Soma may make you drowsy, so see how it affects you before you attempt to drive a vehicle. As with most prescription medication, you should not mix Soma with alcohol.
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