For more than 55 years in a row, Soma is one of the safest and most powerful centrally acting muscle relaxants. By influencing the brain receptors, Soma quickly relaxes the skeletal muscles, thus reducing the intensity of myalgia and/or muscle spasms.
Soma is a drug of choice, prescribed for the relief or short-term treatment of chronic or acute pain, caused by:
- local inflammation,
- muscular dysfunction
- lesion of the nerve fiber,
- mechanical damage,
- decrease of blood flow in muscles,
- cartilage structural changes.
Soma has a relaxing effect on the skeletal muscles, but does not cause amnesia, loss of consciousness or analgesia. This is the reason, why it is not used for anesthesia prior to diagnostic or surgical interventions and procedures.
Medical professionals us Soma tablets and capsules that include 250 mg and 350 mg of the active ingredient Carisoprodol. Observing a regular dosing schedule during a pain treatmentis a mandatory condition for maintaining a maximum safetyof the drug:
- Approximate recommended duration of this muscle relaxant use is two or three weeks (depending on the patient's response to the medicine).
- At the beginning of the treatment of chronic or acute pain,the recommended Soma dosage is one 250 mg tablet every six hours.
- In case of insufficient effectiveness of this muscle relaxant dose, it can be increased to a maximum of 1400 mg per day.
The action mechanism of Soma lies in changing the activity of interneurons in the patientísspinal cord, which leads to a gradual relaxation of muscle tissue and rapid reduction of pain intensity. Soma tablets and capsules affect the patientís CNS by blocking the neuromuscular transmission.
Thus, this muscle relaxant helps to significantly reduce the intensity of pain in the musculoskeletal system. After oral administration, the muscle relaxant is rapidly absorbed in the gastrointestinal tract and distributed in the body. Soma metabolism occurs in the liver.
The active metabolite of this muscle relaxant is Meprobamate, which has sedative and anxiolytic effects. This is the reason, why Soma may cause dizziness or drowsiness. However, risk of these undesirable effects significantly reduces, if the patient complies with the prescribed dosing regimen.
This drug has a low potential for dependence. Therefore, patients with a history of alcoholism or drug abuse should take Soma with caution.
Alcohol and some anxiolytics or antidepressants may enhance the sedative effect of Soma. This is why this muscle relaxant is not recommended for simultaneous administration with such drugs, as Xanax (Alprazolam), Celexa (Citalopram) and Effexor (Venlafaxine).
Anti-inflammatory drugs and analgesics increase the therapeutic effect of Soma. Based on this fact, the manufacturer of the muscle relaxant (Meda Pharma) has developed two unique combinations of the drug:
- Soma Compound, which contains two active ingredients: Aspirin and Carisoprodol.
- Soma Compound W/Codeine - a medicine with three active components: Carisoprodol, Aspirin, and Codeine Phosphate.
Years of experience with Soma, as well as the results of numerous clinical studies confirm that this muscle relaxant helps to quickly, safely and effectively get rid of various inflammatory myalgia, chronic and infectious diseases, including:
- myasthenia gravis,
Already during the first three days of oral administration,Soma helps significantly reduce the intensity of acute or chronic muscle pain. This muscle relaxant effect results in improved motor leads function and enhanced ability to work.
Soma is included in the list of drugs, approved by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). For this reason, it is often taken to alleviate athletesí muscle pain and spasms, caused by sports injuries.