Uses of Carisoprodol
Carisoprodol is prescribed for a wide-range of muscle-related disorders such as:
- Uncontrolled muscle contraction or muscle spasms
- Relief of discomfort in an acute, painful musculoskeletal condition.
- Pain, strain, or injury
How does it work?
The exact way Carisoprodol works are unclear but it is believed that it decreases the impulses between the spinal cord and brain. It relaxes the muscle and prevents the nervous system from sending pain signals. This causes the muscle to relax and hence, decreases the spasm.
How much Carisoprodol to take?
The amount of Carisoprodol you take depends on your medical condition and the strength of the medicine. The typical dose for an adult age 17 to 64 years is 250 mg to 350 mg, three times a day and at bedtime.
The onset of action is observed 30 minutes after intake while the duration of effect lasts for an average of 4 to 6 hours. Take Carisoprodol at the same time each day. You may take it with or without food. Take it exactly as directed by your physician.
Tips for taking Carisoprodol safely and effectively
- Use this medicine only for a short period (two to three weeks) as most muscle and skeletal injuries are generally of short duration. Using for more than three weeks can cause dependence or addiction.
- Carisoprodol can cause drowsiness. Do not drive or do anything that requires mental alertness or focus. Consuming drinks that contain alcohol can make your drowsiness worse.
- Prolonged use of this medicine can cause dependence or addiction. If this happens, stopping your medication may lead to withdrawal effect with symptoms like:
- Sleep problem
- Stomach pain
- Hallucination and other psychiatric problems may sometimes happen as a result of dependence.
- You should not suddenly stop taking this medicine unless you inform your doctor. Your doctor will gradually decrease your dose before stopping it completely.
- This medicine may cause a seizure. The risk is higher if it is taken with other medications or used in high doses.
- Many drugs can interact with Carisoprodol and this can lead to adverse reactions. To prevent unwanted drug interaction from happening, make sure to tell your doctor about all medications you are taking including vitamins, herbal and dietary supplements.
- If your condition does not improve within two to three weeks of treatment, or it becomes worse, inform your doctor.
- Do not take this medicine if you are taking an anti-depressant.
- Stop using this medicine and seek medical help in case of:
- Seizure or convulsion
- Agitation, sweating, fast heart rate, muscle twitching, and stiffness
- Loss of coordination
- Nausea and vomiting
Who can and can’t take Carisoprodol?
Do not use this medicine if you have:
- Porphyria, a type of liver disorder that causes symptoms affecting the nervous system or skin.
- People with an enzyme CYP2C19 that works slowly.
- You are pregnant unless considered essential by your doctor.
- You are breastfeeding as significant amount may pass into breast milk.
- You are allergic to any of its ingredients.
- Severe liver and kidney problems
Use with extreme caution among patients who have:
- Muscle weakness
- Decreased kidney or liver function
- Elderly people