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 238 84
Muscle spasms 220 114
Muscle pain 174 89
Stiffness/spasticity 50 24
Pain 30 11
Muscle tension 18 20

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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 39
Mild 82
None 113

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Carisoprodol

Side effect Patients
Sleepiness 29
Drowsiness 22
Grogginess 12
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 8
Dry mouth 5
Fatigue 5

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Carisoprodol

Dosage Patients
350mg as needed 9
350 mg daily 5
350 mg three times daily 5
350 mg four times daily 5
700 mg daily 3
250mg as needed 3
250 mg three times daily 2
250 mg weekly 1
250 mg daily 1
500 mg daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Carisoprodol

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 48
Doctor's advice 48
Other 42
Side effects too severe 24
Course of treatment ended 17
Change in health plan coverage 13
Personal research 7
Expense 3
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Duration

Currently taking Carisoprodol

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 9
5 - 10 years 16
10 years or more 16

Stopped taking Carisoprodol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 27
1 - 6 months 30
6 months - 1 year 19
1 - 2 years 21
2 - 5 years 26
5 - 10 years 18
10 years or more 19
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 148
Usually 58
Sometimes 29
Never taken as prescribed 10
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 7
Somewhat hard to take 20
A little hard to take 35
Not at all hard to take 183
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 2
$50-99 5
$25-49 29
< $25 140
Not specified 69

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Carisoprodol after stopping:

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

Show all 11 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Carisoprodol and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Tizanidine (Zanaflex) 7
Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) 6
Baclofen (Mylan-Baclofen) 5
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 2
Chlorzoxazone (Parafon Forte DSC) 1

Show all 9 treatments patients report switching to

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29 patient evaluations for Carisoprodol

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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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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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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