Soma, or Carisoprodol, or Vanadom, is a muscle relaxant and pain reliever medication used to treat muscle injuries. It also has other uses.
Soma is a tablet that you take orally. You're supposed to take it three times a day and then again before you go to bed. Soma can be taken with food or without food. You shouldn't exceed the dosage your doctor gives you for any reason, and follow the directions to the letter. Do not take less Soma than you are supposed to. If for any reason Soma makes you feel nauseated, remember to take your next dosage with food or milk. If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember to unless it's nearly time for you to take another dose of it. If this happens, you can go ahead and skip your first dosage and take the next one when it's time.
Before using Soma, tell you doctor if you are allergic to it, Equanil, Meprospan, Miltown, Neuramate, or anything other medications. Additionally, let your doctor know all of the other medications you are taking, even over-the-counter vitamins. Notify your doctor if you have ever suffered from kidney or liver disease, or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Like with many medicines, Soma may cause side-effects such as: drowsiness, clumsiness, dizziness, headaches, increase in heart rate, nausea, rash, fever, weakness, burning eyes, or trouble breathing. If you experience any of these symptoms, contact your doctor as soon as possible. If Soma makes you feel drowsy, do not drive or participate in other hazardous tasks while taking it. Do not take Soma while using drugs or alcohol.
Remember that you should always keep a list of any medications you are taking, whether they are over-the-counter or prescribed. Take this list with you anytime you go to the doctor or if you are hurt and have to go to the hospital. You can even keep it with you at all times in case something happens to you.
After you've taken a dose of Soma, put your medicine in a place where it is away from children and pets. Make sure it stays at room temperature and not in a moist or hot environment. Do not let anyone else have access to your Soma.
It's also important to attend all of your appointments with your doctor, especially while taking a medicine like Soma.