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Sounds Like: car.eye.soe.proe.dol

Classification: Muscle Relaxant

Controlled Substance Act Schedule: IV

Other names for Carisoprodol

  • Da
  • Dance
  • Las Vegas Cocktail (Vicodin combination)
  • Soma Coma (codeine combination)

Carisoprodol Addiction

What is 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 Addiction

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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Intended Use of Carisoprodol

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.

How Carisoprodol Is Taken

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.

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Side Effects of

  • headache
  • dizziness
  • drowsiness
  • pale skin
  • feeling weak or tired
  • constipation
  • nausea or vomiting
  • swelling in hands or feet
  • confusion
  • skin irritation
  • balance problems
  • rapid or irregular heartbeat

Signs of an
Addiction to Carisoprodol

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

Abuse Facts

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.