What is Carisoprodol?
Carisoprodol is the brand name of the drug Carisoprodol which is being prescribed since 1959. The main purpose of the drug is that of a muscle relaxer which blocks the feeling of pain that travels between the nerves and the brain. The drug is prescribed along with rest and physical therapy to treat skeletal muscle conditions such as pain or injury. Since the drug is classified as a Scheduled IV controlled substance under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, the drug is prescribed only for a short while (around two to three weeks) because there is no proof of its effectiveness in long-term intake and most skeletal injuries are generally of short duration.
What all one should know about Carisoprodol before starting its intake?
We already told you that Carisoprodol is the brand name of the drug Carisoprodol and is taken to treat skeletal muscle conditions and block the feeling of pain that travels between the nerves and the brain. But before starting its intake, you should know about the following things:-
- You should not take the drug if you have porphyria (a genetic enzyme disorder that causes symptoms affecting the skin or nervous system).
- The drug may be habit-forming and one should not share this drug with any other person. It is also seen that misuse of the drug can lead to addiction, overdose, or death.
- The drug may cause certain side effects that may impair a person’s thinking ability or the ability to react. If you take the drug with alcohol, the combination will increase the chances of having drowsiness or dizziness.
- In case you stop taking the drug after taking it for a long time, you may start experiencing withdrawal symptoms. But if you actually want to stop taking the drug, you should lessen the amount of the intake before you stop taking the drug completely.
How should one take Carisoprodol?
- Since Carisoprodol was prescribed to treat skeletal muscle conditions, the drug should only be taken within the prescribed limit. Before starting the intake of the drug, you should read all the instructions mentioned in the prescription very carefully.
- As we already told you earlier that taking the drug regularly can get the person taking the drug get addicted to it. It should also be noted that selling or giving this medication is against the law.
- The drug is usually taken 3 times per day and should only be taken for around 2 to 3 weeks. If your symptoms are not improving or they are getting worse, you should take the help of a health expert.
- We already told you that taking the medication for a long time is dangerous and quitting it can be risk because the drug might start showing its withdrawal symptoms after taking it for a long time.
- The drug is only a part of a complete program of treatment that includes rest, physical therapy, or other pain relief measures.
- Store the drug at room temperature and away from moisture and heat.
What are the side effects of Carisoprodol?
The drug should be only taken for a short while and it’s better to keep this way. For many years, along with its needed effects, Carisoprodol may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your health expert immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking the drug:
Incidence Not Known
- Black, tarry stools
- chest pain
- cold sweats
- dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position
- fast, pounding, or irregular heartbeat or pulse
- loss of bladder control
- muscle spasm or jerking of all extremities
- painful or difficult urination
- shortness of breath
- sore throat
- sores, ulcers, or white spots on the lips or in the mouth
- sudden loss of consciousness
- swollen glands
- unusual bleeding or bruising
- unusual tiredness or weakness
Get emergency help immediately if any of the following symptoms of overdose occur while taking the drug:
Symptoms of Overdose
- Bigger, dilated, or enlarged pupils (black part of the eye)
- blurred vision
- change in consciousness
- confusion as to time, place, or person
- difficult or troubled breathing
- false or unusual sense of well-being
- holding false beliefs that cannot be changed by fact
- inability to move the eyes
- increased blinking or spasms of the eyelid
- increased sensitivity of the eyes to light
- irregular, fast or slow, or shallow breathing
- loss of consciousness
- muscle stiffness or tightness
- pale or blue lips, fingernails, or skin
- sticking out of the tongue
- trouble with breathing, speaking, or swallowing
- uncontrolled eye movements
- uncontrolled twisting movements of the neck, trunk, arms, or legs
- unusual excitement, nervousness, or restlessness
- unusual facial expressions
- weakness of the arms and legs
What kind of other things can be seen in case of Carisoprodol?
1. INDICATIONS AND USAGE
Carisoprodol tablets is indicated for the relief of discomfort associated with acute, painful musculoskeletal conditions in adults.
The tablets should only be used for short periods (up to two or three weeks) because adequate evidence of effectiveness for more prolonged use has not been established and because acute, painful musculoskeletal conditions are generally of short duration.
2. DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION
The recommended dose of Carisoprodol is 250 mg to 350 mg three times a day and at bedtime. The recommended maximum duration of intake is up to two or three weeks.
3. DOSAGE FORMS AND STRENGTHS
350 mg Tablets: White to off-white circular biconvex tablets, debossed with logo-mark “OP” and product number “35” on one side and no mark on the other side.
Carisoprodol is contraindicated in patients with a history of acute intermittent porphyria or a hypersensitivity reaction to a carbamate such as meprobamate.
5. WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS
Carisoprodol has sedative properties (in the low back pain trials, 13% to 17% of patients who received the drug experienced sedation compared to 6% of patients who received placebo) and may impair the mental and/or physical abilities required for the performance of potentially hazardous tasks such as driving a motor vehicle or operating machinery. There have been post-marketing reports of motor vehicle accidents associated with the intake of the drug.
Since the sedative effects of Carisoprodol and other CNS depressants (e.g., alcohol, benzodiazepines, opioids, tricyclic antidepressants) may be additive, appropriate caution should be exercised with patients who take more than one of these CNS depressants simultaneously.