What is Carisoprodol?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Soma

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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 238 83
Muscle spasms 217 111
Muscle pain 171 87
Stiffness/spasticity 50 24
Pain 31 10

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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
36
Mild
82
None
113

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Carisoprodol

Side effect Patients
Sleepiness 29
Drowsiness 21
Grogginess 12
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 8
Dry mouth 5
Constipation 4

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Carisoprodol

Dosage Patients
350 mg three times daily 8
350mg as needed 7
350 mg four times daily 5
350 mg daily 4
250 mg daily 3
700 mg daily 3
250 mg three times daily 2
1,050 mg daily 2
1,400 mg daily 2
700 mg twice daily 2

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Why patients stopped taking Carisoprodol

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 47
Doctor's advice 46
Other 43
Side effects too severe 24
Course of treatment ended 16
Change in health plan coverage 10
Personal research 6
Expense 3
See all 156 patients who've stopped taking Carisoprodol

Duration

Currently taking Carisoprodol

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 11
5 - 10 years 22
10 years or more 13

Stopped taking Carisoprodol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 25
1 - 6 months 32
6 months - 1 year 20
1 - 2 years 20
2 - 5 years 26
5 - 10 years 15
10 years or more 18
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 147
Usually 57
Sometimes 28
Never taken as prescribed 10
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 6
Somewhat hard to take 19
A little hard to take 35
Not at all hard to take 182
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 2
$50-99 5
$25-49 28
< $25 139
Not specified 68

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Carisoprodol after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) 20
Baclofen (Mylan-Baclofen) 4
Tizanidine (Zanaflex) 3
Chlorpromazine (Thorazine) 1
Chlorzoxazone (Parafon Forte DSC) 1

Show all 9 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Carisoprodol and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) 6
Tizanidine (Zanaflex) 6
Baclofen (Mylan-Baclofen) 4
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 2
Diazepam (Valium) 1

Show all 7 treatments patients report switching to

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29 patient evaluations for Carisoprodol

Jun 14, 2009 (Started May 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Other)
  • Side effects
    Mild (sleepiness, nausea)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: I realized that if I don't take soma on a regular basis, my back can't move too well.
Side effects: sleepiness, nausea

  • 1 helpful mark

Nov 30, 2008 (Started May 01, 2000)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for muscle tension)
  • Side effects
    Mild (grogginess)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1400 mg Daily
Side effects: grogginess

  • 0 helpful marks

Feb 23, 2009 (Started Sep 16, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for muscle spasms in neck and shoulders)
  • Side effects
    Mild (sleepiness, dry mouth)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: dry mouth, sleepiness

  • 0 helpful marks
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