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 218 113
Muscle pain 173 88
Stiffness/spasticity 50 24
Pain 30 11
Muscle tension 17 19

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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 37
Mild 82
None 114

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
Fatigue 5

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Carisoprodol

Dosage Patients
350 mg three times daily 9
350mg as needed 7
350 mg daily 6
350 mg four times daily 5
250 mg daily 4
700 mg daily 3
1,400 mg daily 3
250mg as needed 3
250 mg three times daily 2
4 tablet(s) 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 43
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
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 11
5 - 10 years 22
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 19
10 years or more 19
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 148
Usually 58
Sometimes 28
Never taken as prescribed 10
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 6
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
< $25 139
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

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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

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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: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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