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carisoprodol (generic name)

(kar eye soe PROE dole): A skeletal muscle relaxant - It is used to treat pain and stiffness in muscles caused by strains, sprains, or other injury

carisoprodol

What is this medicine?
CARISOPRODOL (kar eye soe PROE dole) is a muscle relaxer. It is used to treat pain and stiffness in muscles caused by strains, sprains, or other injury.

This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.
What is the price of this medication and similar alternatives?

This pricing information is subject to change at the sole discretion of DS Pharmacy. This pricing information was updated 09/2009. For the most current and up-to-date pricing information, please visit www.drugstore.com. Actual costs to patients will vary depending on the use of specific retail or mail-order locations and health insurance copays.

Carisoprodol 350MG Tablets MUTUAL PHARMACEUTICAL30/$13.99 or 90/$31.99
Carisoprodol-Aspirin 200-325MG Tablets SANDOZ30/$59.99 or 90/$169.97
Carisoprodol-Aspirin-Codeine 200-325-16MG Tablets SANDOZ30/$83.37 or 90/$240.04
Soma 250MG Tablets MEDA PHARMACEUTICALS100/$287.59 or 300/$820.11
Soma 350MG Tablets MEDA PHARMACEUTICALS30/$170.75 or 90/$468.48
Soma Compound 200-325MG Tablets MEDA PHARMACEUTICALS30/$137.54 or 90/$396.85
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • breathing problems
  • confusion
  • feeling faint or lightheaded, falls

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • headache
  • nausea, vomiting

This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

How should I use this medicine?
Take this medicine by mouth. Swallow it with a full glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. If it upsets your stomach, take it with food or milk. Do not take more medicine than you are told to take.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed. This medicine is not usually used in children younger than 12 years.

Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.
NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
What may interact with this medicine?
  • alcohol or medicines that contain alcohol
  • antihistamines
  • medicines for depression, anxiety, and other mental conditions
  • medicines for pain like codeine, oxycodone, tramadol, and propoxyphene
  • medicines for sleep
  • phenobarbital

This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.

Who should NOT use this medication?

  • Acute intermittent porphyria.
  • Known hypersensitivity (allergic or idiosyncratic reactions) to carisoprodol, any ingredient in the formulation, or related compounds (e.g., meprobamate, mebutamate, or tybamate).

What should I watch for while using this medicine?
Check with your doctor or health care professional if your condition does not improve within 1 to 3 weeks.

You may get drowsy or dizzy when you first start taking the medicine or change doses. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that may be dangerous until you know how the medicine affects you. Stand or sit up slowly.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • drug abuse or addiction
  • kidney disease
  • liver disease
  • porphyria
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to carisoprodol, carbamate such as meprobamate, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding
Can I stop taking the medication if I feel better?
As a general rule, you should always take your medications exactly as prescribed and do not change the dosage or stop taking the medication without first discussing it with your healthcare provider.
I am on so many medications; do I have to take them all?
This is called polypharmacy—many different medications being used at the same time by one person. Sometimes, being on multiple medications is acceptable and appropriate but at other times it may be problematic. If you are receiving your medications from multiple physicians you need to ensure that they all know what medications you are taking. The best way to do this is to make a list of all the medications you are currently using, including all nutritional supplements, homeopathic remedies, vitamins and over-the-counter drugs (if possible, also include all the diseases you have been diagnosed with). Give a copy to every doctor who takes care of you so they have it on file, this way they can avoid duplicating medications and perhaps even try to consolidate some. After every doctor's visit remember to update the list accordingly. Also, as much as you possibly can, try to use the same pharmacy to fill all your prescriptions, this way any potential drug interactions can be caught and averted.
Where can I get more information?
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