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Soma medication is a common prescription in the U.S. It’s classified as a muscle relaxer used to treat pain.

One of the issues with using these types of medication is their potency. They can be great at providing patients with relief but they can also be highly-addictive.

This article will be an overview of Soma medication. It will go over what Soma is, how it’s used properly, and its side effects. We’ll also go over what can happen when people use Soma irresponsibly.

What Is Soma?

Soma is a prescription medication that’s classified as a muscle relaxer. It functions by blocking pain receptors between the muscles and the brain. It’s primary use is treating skeletal muscle injuries.

When used responsibly, Soma should only be a small part of a larger treatment regimen. Rest and physical therapy are also important components of your muscle recovery. If a medical professional suggests the use of Soma, you should be very careful to only use it as directed.

Doctors have no proof that Soma is effective in long-term use. As a result, it’s usually only prescribed for periods of 14 to 21 days. This is also because muscle and skeletal injuries don’t usually require long-term treatment.

Before Taking Soma

Before you take Soma, there are some questions your doctor may want to ask you. The first thing they’ll want to do is check if you have any allergies. This is standard practice any time you get put on a new medication.

Specifically, they’ll want to make sure you’re not allergic to carisoprodol or meprobamate. Carisoprodol is the generic form of Soma. Meprobamate is a medication used to treat anxiety. But, it can sometimes be found as an ingredient in muscle relaxers.

Soma medication may also affect patients with a rare condition called porphyria. This is a genetic enzyme condition that can cause symptoms affecting the skin or nervous system. Patients should also tell their medical professional if they’ve ever suffered from liver disease, kidney disease, or a seizure.

Pregnant women may also need to be careful when taking Soma. There is no evidence of complications with pregnancy but it’s a good idea to tell your doctor if you’re pregnant. They may be able to prescribe a safer medication for you.

Carisoprodol can pass through the bloodstream into a nursing mother’s breastmilk. This can potentially cause drowning among nursing babies. If you aren’t pregnant, but you’re breastfeeding, it’s important to let your doctor know.

Minors and the elderly should also avoid taking Soma. Anyone under the age of 16 is too young to take the medication. The effects of the medication may be more pronounced in older adults. This is because they develop a greater sensitivity to the medication as they get older.

Side Effects of Soma Medication

Taking Soma may impair your thinking. The medication may also work to slow down your body’s reaction time. As a result, performing tasks like driving can be more dangerous when under the influence of Soma. People taking Soma don’t need to avoid driving altogether, but they should be careful if they choose to drive.

In fact, people taking Soma should take extra care when doing anything that requires them to remain awake, alert, or focused. Soma users should also avoid drinking alcohol. Combining the medication with alcohol use can increase the dizziness and drowsiness of the medication.

If someone uses Soma for a long period of time, withdrawal symptoms may occur if they stop suddenly. Talk to your doctor if you’re thinking about stopping the use of the medication. They may require you to use a tapering regimen if you plan to come off the drug completely. This means they’ll have you take less and less over time.

Eventually, you won’t be taking any of the medication at all. Gradually reducing the amount of Soma in your system this way is much easier on your body.

If you, or someone you know, begins to experience an allergic reaction to Soma they need to seek help immediately. Hives or trouble breathing can be early signs of an allergic reaction. If someone’s allergic to Soma they may also experience swelling of the face, tongue, throat, or lips.

If you experience a seizure while on Soma, you should call your doctor immediately. The same goes for if you start to experience high levels of serotonin in the brain. High serotonin levels can be spotted from a number of different side effects.

A fever, sweating, shivering, and elevated heart rate are all signs of high serotonin levels. You may also experience muscle twitching or stiffness. Other side effects of high serotonin include diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and loss of coordination.

Dosage Information

Patients should take Soma exactly how it’s prescribed. Each prescription is different based on your individual injury. It’s important to listen to your doctor’s instructions when they prescribe the medication to you. Using the medication irresponsibly can cause addiction, overdose, and possibly death.

Usually, Soma is taken 3 times a day and once before bed. It’s usually taken orally and comes in 250 to 350mg tablets. Doctors will normally prescribe only enough medication for a 2 to 3 week timeframe. You should contact your doctor if your symptoms continue or get worse after that time.

If you happen to miss a dose of Soma, take the medication as soon as you can after the prescribed time. But, you should avoid taking the skipped dose if it’s almost time for your next dose. You should never take two doses at the same time.

If you or a loved one happen to overdose, you need to act immediately. You can call 911 for medical attention. You can also call the Poison Helpline at 1-888-222-1222. An overdose can be fatal. This is especially true if the drug has been mixed with any other substance that can slow your breathing.

Get Help

If you’re struggling to stop taking Soma medication, it may be time to get help. These medications can be highly-addictive. The only way to truly stop using them is to enter yourself into a professional medical treatment environment.

If you have any questions about treatment programs for Soma addiction, contact Just Believe today. We can answer any questions and help place you in the correct program for you. It’s never too late to get help. Let’s get your life back on track together.

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If you or a loved one need help with substance abuse and/or treatment, please contact Just Believe Recovery at (888) 380-0667. Our specialists can assess your individual needs and help you get the treatment that provides the best chance for long-term recovery.

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