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- What is carisoprodol, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
- What brand names are available for carisoprodol?
- Is carisoprodol available as a generic drug?
- Do I need a prescription for carisoprodol?
- What are the uses for carisoprodol?
- What are the side effects of carisoprodol?
- What is the dosage for carisoprodol?
- Which drugs or supplements interact with carisoprodol?
- Is carisoprodol safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about carisoprodol?
What is carisoprodol, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
- Carisoprodol is an oral muscle relaxant. Its exact mechanism of action is unknown. It may work by altering communication among nerves in parts of the brain that control the sensation of pain and in the spinal cord.
- The FDA approved carisoprodol in April 1959.
What brand names are available for carisoprodol?
Is carisoprodol available as a generic drug?
GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes
Do I need a prescription for carisoprodol?
What are the uses for carisoprodol?
Carisoprodol is used together with rest and physical therapy for the short-term relief of acute painful muscle and skeletal conditions in adults. It is only used for 2 to 3 weeks.
What are the side effects of carisoprodol?
The most common side effects of carisoprodol are:
- Inability to sleep
- Abnormal heart beat
Serious side effects of carisoprodol include:
- Hives (angioedema)
- Serious allergic reactions (anaphylaxis)
- Low blood pressure
Carisoprodol is not a controlled substance. Patients may become dependent on carisoprodol, and discontinuation after long-term use may cause withdrawal symptoms.
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