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Drug Introduction :
Soma is a brand name for Carisoprodol that is a prescription drug marketed since 1959. Carisoprodol belongs to a class of medications called muscle relaxants that are prescribed to relieve pain from injuries and muscle spasm.
Soma contains some other ingredients include magnesium stearate, alginic acid, potassium sorbate, starch, and tribasic calcium phosphate.
Licit Uses :
This muscle relaxant is used to help relieve pain and discomfort caused by sprains, strains, and other muscle injuries. Mostly, it is used as an adjunct to rest, physical therapy, and other measures for the relief of painful musculoskeletal conditions. This medication is not approved to use in children less than 12 years of age.
According to IMS health – there were about 4.2 million prescriptions of carisoprodol products in the United States in 2017.
People can Buy Soma Online for other medical purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Soma abuse has escalated in the last few years in the United States. According to the 2012 NSDUH (national survey on drug use and health) data, about 3.69 million users, aged 12 years or older, used Soma for non-medical reasons in their lifetime.
As mentioned, Soma contains Carisoprodol that is a white crystalline powder having a mild, characteristic odor and a bitter taste. It is freely soluble in alcohol, acetone, and chloroform but slightly in water.
It does not directly affect skeletal muscle in the human body. Skeletal muscle relaxant action of Soma may be related to its sedative properties. The recent animal studies conducted under the directive of the NIDA (national institute on drug abuse) indicated that subjective effects of Carisoprodol (Soma) might be similar to other CNS depressants such as pentobarbital, meprobamate, and chlordiazepoxide.
Control status and Warnings
Soma is an FDA controlled drug substance and approved for limited medical uses only. The United States’ Food and Drug Administration has classified it as a schedule IV-controlled drug substance. In the United States, Soma is a prescription medication and available on a legal recommendation.
This medication is not approved for long-term use, and it may only be used for a short period of time because adequate evidence of effectiveness for more prolonged use has not established.
Carisoprodol has sedative properties and may impair the mental and physical abilities required for the performance of potentially hazardous tasks like driving a motor vehicle or operating machinery. There are some reports of motor vehicle accidents associated with Soma use.
Since the sedation effects of this medicine or other CNS depressants (such as benzodiazepines) may be addictive, Soma should not be used or mixed with other medications or CNS depressants.
Drug Dependence, Withdrawal, and Abuse
In the post-marketing experience with Carisoprodol (Soma), cases of abuse, dependence, and withdrawal have been reported with prolonged use. Most cases of abuse, dependence, and withdrawal occurred in patients who have had an addiction history or who used Carisoprodol in combination with other high potential drugs.
Sometimes, Soma can cause seizures. Most of these medical cases have occurred in the setting of several drug overdoses. This condition may be seen in people who have a history of seizures.
People can take Carisoprodol (Soma) by mouth with or without food as directed by their doctor. They should not increase their dose or use this drug more often or for longer than prescribed. Overdose or more frequent doses will not treat someone any faster but can increase the risks of side effects.
The user’s daily drug amount should be based on his or her medical condition and response to treatment. This medication should only be used for less than three weeks unless directed by a doctor.
People should take it under a proper schedule and stop gradually when discontinuing the treatment.
Short-term effects of Soma
- Blurry vision.
- Altered heart rate.
- Loss of coordination.
Long term effects of Soma
- Mood changes.
- Thoughts of suicide.
- Consistent attempts to procure prescriptions.
- Declining work or school performance.
- Withdrawal from previously enjoyed activities.
- Strained relationships.