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Carisoprodol is a muscle relaxant that is thought to act on the brain and spinal cord (central nervous system). It is used to treat acute musculo-skeletal disorders assocaited with painful muscle spasm, where sedation is acceptable.
The mechanism of action of this medicine is unclear, but it is thought to decrease the impulses from the brain and spinal cord to the muscles. (It has no direct action on the muscle itself). This causes the muscles to relax and hence decreases the spasm.
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Carisoprodol Directions To Use
Carisoprodol is taken orally. The usual adult dosage of Carisoprodol is one 350 mg tablet, three times daily and at bedtime. Usage in patients under age 12 is not recommended. It is recommended that you take Carisoprodol with food, or with milk, to minimize the likelihood that you will suffer an upset stomach as a result of taking the medication.
Carisoprodol Warnings and Side Effects
Do not take Carisoprodol if you have acute intermittent porphyria. Before taking Carisoprodol, tell your doctor if you have kidney or liver disease. You may need a lower dose or special monitoring during your therapy. It is not known whether Carisoprodol will harm an unborn baby. Do not take Carisoprodol without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant. It is also not known whether Carisoprodol passes into breast milk. Do not take Carisoprodol without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby. Carisoprodol is not approved for use in children younger than 12 years of age.
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Stop using carisoprodol and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
- paralysis (loss of feeling);
- extreme weakness or lack of coordination;
- feeling light-headed, fainting;
- fast heartbeat;
- seizure (convulsions);
- vision loss; or
- agitation, confusion.
Continue using carisoprodol and talk with your doctor if you have any of these less serious side effects:
- drowsiness, dizziness, tremor;
- depression, feeling irritable;
- blurred vision;
- sleep problems (insomnia); or
- nausea, vomiting, hiccups, upset stomach.
Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.
Carisoprodol Missed Dose
If you miss a Carisoprodol dose, take it as soon as remembered if it is within an hour or so. If you do not remember until later, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not 'double-up' the Carisoprodol dose to catch up.
Store at controlled room temperature 15°-30°C (59°-86°F). Dispense in a tight container.
Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine.
Symptoms of a carisoprodol overdose may include shallow breathing, vision problems, fast heartbeat, confusion, hallucinations (seeing things), muscle stiffness, feeling light-headed, fainting, or seizure (convulsions).
Carisoprodol More Information
Use caution when driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities. Carisoprodol may cause dizziness or drowsiness. If you experience dizziness or drowsiness, avoid these activities. Use alcohol cautiously. Alcohol may increase drowsiness and dizziness while you are taking Carisoprodol.
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