carisoprodol, Soma

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GENERIC NAME: carisoprodol


DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: 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.

PRESCRIBED FOR: 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.

SIDE EFFECTS: The most common side effects of carisoprodol are:

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/17/2015

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