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Pain reliever SomaPain killers are not enough, you look for something that can do magic to relieve your pain. Soma is not a pain killer but is widely used to relieve severe pain in muscles and joints. Soma is a popularly prescribed muscle relaxant to alleviate pain in severe muscle injuries and spasms. Carisoprodol is the generic drug in soma that acts on the central nervous system. It blocks the conduction of pain impulses in the nerves and brings relaxation in the overused and tired muscles.

Is soma used for conditions other than pain relief?

Currently, the guidelines on Soma administration restrict it as a pain relief pill. Soma is the choice of the drug by physicians in serious conditions of back pain and fibromyalgia. The sedative effects of soma are seen few hours after taking soma orally and provide a good sleep regimen. Soma by itself can reduce the pain, but the effectiveness of soma is significantly high when used along with physical therapy and adequate rest.

How is it different from pain killers?

Soma plays a dual role of skeletal muscle relaxant and analgesic. The pain relieving action of soma is due to blocking of sensory pathways that carry pain impulses and peripheral pain receptors. It also acts on the pain perception centers in the brain to give relief from spasms.

How to take soma to relieve your pain?

Take Soma as per the doses recommended by your physician. Soma pills should be taken orally for 3-4 times a day with or without food and not more than 3 weeks. It is not advisable to prolong the usage or increase the Soma dosage. Long-term use of Soma drug can create new problems such as a headache, nausea, sleep disturbances, etc. Soma should not be ceased abruptly to avoid unnecessary withdrawal symptoms.

Read this Precautions before taking Soma

To avoid unexpected complications, communicate with the doctor about your complete medical and family history. It is not safe to use Soma for individuals having blood disorders, kidney problems, and seizures.

  • It is relatively safe to avoid Soma in pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers. Soma present in the breast milk can cause undesirable effects in the baby.
  • Soma is the most drowsy muscle relaxant. So, avoid driving or operating any machinery after taking the dose.

Is Soma addictive?

Theoretically speaking Soma is not addictive. One of the metabolites of Soma, meprobamate is responsible for the sedative effect of soma. So, indirectly soma is a habit-forming drug. Soma along with alcohol gives added sedative and hypnotic effect. It is the most common reason for abuse of Soma. Many fancy cocktails are prepared from the Soma. So, it is advisable to keep the drug safe away from alcoholics.

It is necessary to carefully weigh the benefits and the addiction chances of the medication before starting the Soma dosage. Keeping in mind the addictive properties of Soma, try not to share the prescription or drug with others.