What is Soma?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Generic name: Carisoprodol

Soma® is a brand name for carisoprodol, a skeletal muscle relaxant. It is intended for short-term relief of skeletal muscle pain.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Fibromyalgia 202 66
Muscle spasms 158 73
Muscle pain 123 54
Stiffness/spasticity 34 20
Pain 17 2
Spasms 13 2

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  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 9
Moderate 21
Mild 42
None 81

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Soma

Side effect Patients
Sleepiness 15
Drowsiness 11
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 6
Brain fog 2
Daytime sleepiness 2
Dizziness/walking like I'm drunk 2

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Soma

Dosage Patients
350 mg three times daily 8
350mg as needed 6
350 mg four times daily 4
250 mg daily 3
350 mg daily 3
700 mg daily 2
250mg as needed 2
500 mg daily 1
250 mg three times daily 1
1,050 mg daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Soma

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 33
Doctor's advice 30
Other 22
Side effects too severe 15
Course of treatment ended 10
Change in health plan coverage 8
Personal research 5
Expense 2
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Duration

Currently taking Soma

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 8
5 - 10 years 17
10 years or more 10

Stopped taking Soma

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 18
1 - 6 months 18
6 months - 1 year 13
1 - 2 years 15
2 - 5 years 11
5 - 10 years 14
10 years or more 13
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 99
Usually 32
Sometimes 17
Never taken as prescribed 5
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 5
Somewhat hard to take 10
A little hard to take 21
Not at all hard to take 117
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 1
$50-99 3
$25-49 17
< $25 82
Not specified 50

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Soma after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) 14
Tizanidine (Zanaflex) 4
Baclofen (Mylan-Baclofen) 3
Chlorpromazine (Thorazine) 1
Chlorzoxazone (Parafon Forte DSC) 1

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Patients stopped taking Soma and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Tizanidine (Zanaflex) 7
Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) 5
Baclofen (Mylan-Baclofen) 2
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 2
Diazepam (Valium) 1

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16 patient evaluations for Soma

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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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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Sep 12, 2012 (Started Oct 09, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for muscle pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 250 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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