While Soma doesn’t directly relax tight skeletal muscle, it is a centrally acting skeletal muscle relaxant. Actually, what it does is it decreases intense muscle spasms with its sedative qualities.
Generally, Soma is just one part of a pain-management program. Rest, physical therapy, and other techniques for easing pain associated with acute musculoskeletal conditions are also a vital part of treatment. Those who suffer from acute porphyria or who have an allergic reaction to carisoprodol- or meprobamate- related compounds should not use Soma.
Just like all medicines, there are some risks associated with Soma. The first thing patients should know about Soma is its sedative properties; this can significantly reduce the user’s ability to operate a motor vehicle or any other machinery or equipment. One should use extreme caution when performing these tasks until you can fully determine the effects that using Soma has on you.
Soma patients can also form a dependency. Therefore, Soma is not recommended for people who have a history of substance abuse. Temporary loss of vision, confusion and disorientation, agitation, and extreme weakness are other potential side effects. These symptoms should go away in a few hours, but some patients need to stay in the hospital briefly so the effects can be alleviated.
The effects of Soma on pregnant or breastfeeding women remain unknown, so Soma should not be prescribed for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, or those who may become pregnant. Studies also show that Soma concentrations in breast milk are 2 to 4 times as high as those of maternal plasma. Hence, mothers who are breastfeeding are not advised to use it.
Some rare side effects of Soma are seizures, even in people without a history of epilepsy or similar disorders. Further, like many other drugs, Soma is metabolized and excreted by the kidneys. This helps prevent excess accumulation in the body. Because of that, one should take extreme care when giving Soma to patients who have diminished functioning of the liver or kidneys.
Other possible side effects of Soma include, among others: tachycardia (heart racing), flushing of the face, dizziness, syncope, sleeplessness, feeling nauseated, and vomiting.
When someone overdoses on Soma, the central nervous system declines and could lapse into a coma. In some cases, overdose, shock, respiratory problems, and seizures can occur, and in some severe cases, death can result. Patients must get medical attention immediately should they have any of the following symptoms: blurry vision, tachycardia, euphoria (“feeling high”), respiratory depression, chronic headache, hallucinations, feeling confused or “out of it”, or lack of muscular coordination.