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What do You Have to Know about Soma

June 11th, 2009 — 7:01am

Soma is a skeletal muscle relaxer that acts centrally, but it does not actually ease the tension in skeletal muscles. Instead, its sedative abilities help to decrease severe muscle spasms.

Typically, Soma is a component of a larger pain-management plan, used in conjunction with rest, physical therapy, and other methods for reducing pain caused by acute musculoskeletal conditions. Patients who have experienced acute porphyria or are allergic to carisoprodol- or meprobamate- related compounds may not be able to take Soma.

As is the case with all prescriptions drugs, there are some risks associated with the use of Soma. First and foremost, patients must be made aware that Soma can have a sedative effect, impairing their ability to drive or operate equipment. Caution should be used when engaging in these activities until it’s fully known how the drug will affect the user.

With the use of Soma, there is a risk of developing a dependency. Extreme care should be taken in prescribing Soma for individuals who have a history of problems with substance abuse. Patients have also reported severe weakness, dizziness, temporary vision loss, agitation, confusion, and disorientation while taking this medication. Typically, an abatement of symptoms will be seen within several hours, though the patient may need to be hospitalized for a short time to help manage their side effects.
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