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 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

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: 250 mg Four times daily
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

  • 0 helpful marks
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