Soma is one of the most commonly prescribed medications that work as muscle relaxants. It’s commercially available under the brand name Soma. Soma (Carisoprodol) is structurally, chemically and pharmacologically closely related to meprobamate, which was one of the best selling lesser tranquilizers for a long time. Consequently, meprobamate was phased out in favor of benzodiazepines, but it’s muscle relaxing properties can still be enjoyed with the help of Soma. Soma is used for a wide array of muscle problems. All forms of muscle injuries, such are sprains, bruising and strains can result in moderate to severe muscle stiffness, spasms and pain. Before you start using Soma, you should know that it’s a muscle relaxant, and as such it doesn’t have the capacity to actually heal the injuries. What Soma (Carisoprodol) does is to help greatly reduce the pain and discomfort that results from these injuries. Although Soma can help you so much that you will even forget about your injuries, you should never neglect to treat your muscle issues with the proper combination of exercise, rest, physical therapy or any other treatment that your doctor of physical therapies might recommend Soma (Carisoprodol) does provide relief, but it’s not a substitute for injury treatment.
Soma (Carisoprodol) is very effective when it comes to treating pain that’s the result of injuries to the muscles, but it’s not effective if your pain is caused by an other type of injury or condition. Soma is generally safe for usage, even for prolonged periods of time, as long as you pay attention to your dosages and follow the instructions closely. However, in some individuals, Soma may result in the appearance of several side effects. Most common side effects of carisoprodol usage include dizziness, drowsiness, tremors, irritability, nausea, agitation, insomnia and nervousness. Most side effects should disappear in a day or two, but if they persist, you should stop taking Soma and consult your doctor. Also, you should be aware that Soma is a muscle relaxant, and as such, it has a strong effect on the Central Nervous System (CNS). As is the case with all CNS affecting medication, you should never use Soma along with nervous system depressants, such as alcohol or any drugs that slow down the brain function and induce relaxation and sedation. These drugs include but are not limited to sleeping pills, seizure medicine, anti anxiety drugs, antihistamines and some painkillers. And of course, you shouldn’t mix Carisoprodol with other muscle relaxants.
Soma (Carisoprodol) doesn’t really affect the actual skeletal muscles that are tense. Rather, it works by blocking the nerve communication in the spinal cord and the reticular portion of the brain. When these electro chemical impulses are blocked, the muscle can relax on it’s own, since there’s no impulse that makes it tense coming from the nervous system. In addition to the beneficial effect it has on relaxing the tense skeletal muscles, Soma also has a weaker but noticeable antipyretic, analgesic and anticholinergic properties. Still, it should not be used to treat issues other than muscle pains without doctor’s orders.