Carisoprodol: Uses & Side effects

Carisoprodol is a muscle relaxer that blocks pain sensations between the nerves and the brain.

Carisoprodol is used together with rest and physical therapy to treat skeletal muscle conditions such as pain or injury.

Carisoprodol should only be used for short periods (up to two or three weeks) because there is no evidence of its effectiveness in the long term use and most skeletal muscle injuries are generally of short duration. Carisoprodol is considered as a controlled substance in the United States.

Important information

You should not take carisoprodol if you have porphyria (a genetic enzyme disorder that causes symptoms affecting the skin or nervous system).

Carisoprodol may be habit-forming. Never share this medicine with another person. Misuse of habit-forming medicine can cause addiction, overdose, or death.

Carisoprodol can cause side effects that may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be awake and alert. Avoid drinking alcohol. It can increase drowsiness and dizziness caused by this medicine.

You may have withdrawal symptoms when you stop using this medicine after using it over a long period of time. Do not stop using this medication suddenly without first talking to your doctor. You may need to use less and less before you stop the medication completely.

Side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction to carisoprodol: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using this medicine and call your doctor at once if you have:

  • a seizure (convulsions)
  • high levels of serotonin in the body agitation
  • hallucinations
  • fever
  • sweating
  • shivering
  • fast heart rate
  • muscle stiffness
  • twitching
  • loss of coordination
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea

Common carisoprodol side effects may include:

  • drowsiness
  • dizziness
  • headache


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