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Classification: Muscle Relaxant
Controlled Substance Act Schedule: IV
Other names for Carisoprodol
Carisoprodol is an FDA-approved prescription drug also known as a muscle relaxer. It works by blocking feelings of pain between the nerves in the brain. Carisoprodol is commonly used as a short-term treatment option in physical therapy for muscle pain or discomfort.
Carisoprodol is sold under the brand names Soma, Vanadom and Rela.
Carisoprodol acts as a pain reliever or tranquilizer. With the ability to affect pain receptors in the brain, it has a high risk for misuse and dependence. People who take carisoprodol without a prescription might want to experience its short-term effects of sedation and relaxation.
However, Prolonged use of carisoprodol at high dosages can lead to tolerance, dependence and withdrawal symptoms. While the drug doesn’t affect the skeletal muscles directly, it does produce central nervous system-related effects, like drowsiness, dizziness and muscle twitches. Doctors recommend short-term use (3 weeks or less) of carisoprodol.
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Carisoprodol hit the market in 1959. It’s typically used in combination with rest and physical therapy as a short-term treatment for muscle pain or discomfort. Its effects are rapid and last between four and six hours.
Carisoprodol doesn’t affect the skeletal muscles directly. Instead, its properties produce sedative effects in the central nervous system. Carisoprodol use is not recommended for patients under the age of 12.
Carisoprodol is taken by mouth as a single-ingredient tablet in strengths of 250 or 350 milligrams. It’s also available in combination tablets containing 200 milligrams of carisoprodol, 325 milligrams of aspirin and 16 milligrams of codeine phosphate. The usual dosage for adults is 250 to 350 milligrams three times per day and at bedtime.
Unsuccessful attempts to stop using the drug
Prioritizing use of Carisoprodol over spending time with family or friend
Uncontrolled cravings for Carisoprodol
Legal or financial problems because of drug use.
Use of Carisoprodol despite adverse of negative behaviors
Use of Carisoprodol without a prescription
Actress Dana Plato (“Different Strokes”) died from an overdose of Soma (carisoprodol) and Vicodin.
In the United States, the street value for Soma (carisoprodol) is $1 to $5 per 350 mg pill.
An Alaska physician was sentenced to 34 months in prison for illegally prescribing carisoprodol in combination with other medications like opioids and benzodiazepines, leading to the death of five patients.
In 2011, more than 3.5 million people ages 12 and older used Soma (carisoprodol) for non-medical reasons.