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 237 83
Muscle spasms 217 111
Muscle pain 171 87
Stiffness/spasticity 50 24
Pain 30 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 7
250 mg daily 6
350mg as needed 6
350 mg daily 4
350 mg four times daily 4
1,400 mg daily 3
700 mg daily 2
250 mg three times daily 2
4 tablet(s) daily 1
250 mg weekly 1

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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 42
Side effects too severe 23
Course of treatment ended 17
Change in health plan coverage 12
Personal research 6
Expense 3
See all 157 patients who've stopped taking Carisoprodol

Duration

Currently taking Carisoprodol

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 9
5 - 10 years 21
10 years or more 15

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 25
5 - 10 years 17
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
Tizanidine (Zanaflex) 7
Baclofen (Mylan-Baclofen) 6
Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) 6
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 2
Diazepam (Valium) 1

Show all 7 treatments patients report switching to

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29 patient evaluations for Carisoprodol

Jul 9, 2012 (Started Jul 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for muscle spasms)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1050 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: helps with downward cascade toward sleep or rest
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Feb 15, 2012 (Started Dec 02, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for tension headache)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed

  • 0 helpful marks

Oct 10, 2011 (Started Feb 20, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 350 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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