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Chronic Pain

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These conditions can cause a world of pain.

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Soma (generic name carisoprodol) is a narcotic muscle relaxer more cautiously prescribed than other muscle relaxers, especially if a patient is taking narcotic pain medication.

Cautions: Soma is metabolized by the liver and excreted by the kidney, thus caution should be taken if patient has compromised kidney or liver functioning. This is important to avoid the excess accumulation of the drug in the body. Soma is a narcotic and should not be taken in conjunction with alcohol, psychotropic drugs or central nervous system depressants. This drug can be habit forming. Effects on pregnancy are unknown. Should be avoided in pregnant women and children under 12.

Side Effects: Soma can impair the physical and/or mental abilities required for such tasks as operating machinery or motor vehicles.

Although very rare, some patients react negatively to a first dose of soma. Reactions can include; dizziness, ataxia, agitation, euphoria, disorientation, extreme weakness and even transient quadriplegia. Usually, these symptoms subside within a few hours, however treatment and hospitalization may be required.

Interactions: Other muscle relaxants, sleeping pills, tranquilizers, antidepressants, barbiturates, narcotic pain killers, MAO inhibitors (for example, Nardil or Marplan), drugs for which a previous allergic reaction has been experienced, including carisoprodol, meprobamate or tybamate.