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
1,400 mg daily 2
250 mg weekly 1
250 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 1
2 - 5 years 9
5 - 10 years 17
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

Aug 14, 2014 (Started Jul 01, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for muscle and joint pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for muscle pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for muscle spasms)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for muscle tension)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for migraine)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: This medication used to work better but apparently I developed a tolerance to it. It was doing so little for me that my doctor & I decided to discontinue usage as we are trying to cut back on the amount of meds I take.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jan 1, 2014 (Started Jul 01, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for muscle and joint pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for muscle pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for muscle spasms)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for muscle tension)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for migraine)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 250 mg Four times daily
Advice & Tips: Since I apparently built up a tolerance for this and it wasn't really helping much, and as we are trying to cut back on the amount of medications I take, we decided to discontinue it.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Feb 15, 2012 (Started Jul 01, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for muscle tension)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for muscle spasms)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for muscle pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for muscle and joint pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 250 mg Four times daily
Advice & Tips: Unexpected benefits: Helps get better and more sleep a little bit. Note: When I'm listed as beginning this med, I was actually taking Flexeril and over time we tried about half a dozen different muscle relaxants. The Flexeril did absolutely nothing for me. And while some of the others helped a little bit, Carisoprodol helped the most, but, as I said, it only helps a little bit. Most of the time my muscles are as tight as piano wire.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Mar 7, 2013 (Started May 05, 2004)

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

May 31, 2010 (Started May 05, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: grogginess

Jun 3, 2009 (Started May 05, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: 250mg works better than the 350mg.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: grogginess

Aug 12, 2008 (Started May 05, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Side effects
    Mild (grogginess)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 700 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: It helps with pain, but may lay you out.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: grogginess

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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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