What is Carisoprodol?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Carisoprodol is a skeletal muscle relaxant intended for short term use in the treatment of pain caused by muscle spasms.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Fibromyalgia 228 79
Muscle spasms 226 106
Muscle pain 162 76
Stiffness/Spasticity 48 22
Pain 31 10
Muscle tension 16 13

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 11
Moderate 35
Mild 82
None 108

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Carisoprodol

Side effect Patients
Sleepiness 28
Drowsiness 19
Grogginess 12
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 6
Dry mouth 5
Constipation 4

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Carisoprodol

Dosage Patients
350 mg three times daily 9
350mg as needed 7
350 mg daily 6
250 mg daily 3
700 mg daily 3
1,400 mg daily 3
350 mg four times daily 3
350 mg twice daily 2
250 mg three times daily 2
1,050 mg daily 2

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Why patients stopped taking Carisoprodol

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 46
Doctor's advice 46
Other 42
Side effects too severe 24
Course of treatment ended 14
Change in health plan coverage 10
Personal research 6
Expense 3
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Duration

Currently taking Carisoprodol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 5
2 - 5 years 11
5 - 10 years 18
10 years or more 13

Stopped taking Carisoprodol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 23
1 - 6 months 32
6 months - 1 year 19
1 - 2 years 20
2 - 5 years 26
5 - 10 years 14
10 years or more 17
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 146
Usually 54
Sometimes 26
Never taken as prescribed 10
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 6
Somewhat hard to take 18
A little hard to take 34
Not at all hard to take 178
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 2
$50-99 5
$25-49 28
< $25 136
Not specified 65

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Carisoprodol after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) 13
Baclofen (Mylan-Baclofen) 3
Tizanidine (Zanaflex) 2
Chlorpromazine (Thorazine) 1
Chlorzoxazone (Parafon Forte DSC) 1

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Patients stopped taking Carisoprodol and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Tizanidine (Zanaflex) 6
Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) 5
Baclofen (Mylan-Baclofen) 3
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 2
Diazepam (Valium) 1

Show all 6 treatments patients report switching to

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30 patient evaluations for Carisoprodol

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Mare
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Mare
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Sensation: Mild
Overall: None
Cognition: none
Vision: none
Speech: none
Swallowing: mild
Upper limb: none
Walking: none
I am: g
I have:
MS

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Jan 26, 2017 (Started Aug 01, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Stiffness/Spasticity)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1050 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: f you have any kind of tremors, spasticity, I recommend this highly. First day you might be drowsy, but this goes away.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Nov 12, 2014 (Started Aug 01, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Stiffness/Spasticity)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1050 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: If you have any kind of tremors, spasticity, I recommend this highly. First day you might be drowsy, but this goes away.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Feb 28, 2011 (Started Aug 01, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Stiffness/Spasticity)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1050 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Take as prescribed. May make you drowsy the 1st time you take it.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 22, 2010 (Started Aug 01, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Stiffness/Spasticity)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1050 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 29, 2010 (Started Aug 01, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Stiffness/Spasticity)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1050 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 10, 2008 (Started Aug 01, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Stiffness/Spasticity)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1050 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: If you have any kind of tremors, spasticity, I recommend this highly. First day you might be drowsy, but this goes away.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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NanaBurr
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NanaBurr
Data Quality: 3 stars
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 45
Condition: Systemic Lupus Erythematosus 12 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: Moderate
I am: b
I have:
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

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Oct 10, 2015 (Started Dec 14, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Muscle pain)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Drowsiness)
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1050 mg Daily

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Srs2388
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Srs2388
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: M
  • Age: 29y
  • Duration: ? yrs
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Severe
  • Physical: Severe
2 seizures
6 weeks ago
I am: vb
I have:
Epilepsy

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Jul 1, 2015 (Started Jul 01, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Cervical Spondylosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 350 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: Works better than any muscle relaxer out there... Thanks to people abusing it, the doctor couldn't give it anymore ...

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