What do I need to know about Soma?
You must use caution when driving an automobile, operating machinery,
or performing other kinds of hazardous or strenuous activities. For
some, Soma may cause dizziness or drowsiness. If dizziness or
drowsiness is experienced, it is best to avoid dangerous or strenuous
activities entirely. Use alcohol with caution since it may increase
drowsiness and dizziness while you are using Soma.
What is Soma?
Soma is a muscle relaxant. It works by blocking nerve impulses (or
pain sensations) that are sent to your brain. It also reduces
substances in the body that cause pain and inflammation. Soma is
normally used in conjunction with rest and physical therapy, to treat
injuries and other painful muscular conditions. Soma may also be used
for purposes other than those listed here.
Who should not take Soma?
Avoid Soma if you have acute intermittent porphyria. Before taking
Soma, inform your doctor if you have or have had kidney or liver
disease. You may need a lower dose or need to be specially monitored
during your therapy. o Do not take Soma without first talking to your
doctor if you are pregnant since it is not yet known whether Soma will
harm an unborn baby.. o Do not take Soma without first consulting your
doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby since it has not been confirmed
whether Soma passes into breast milk. o Soma is not approved for use in
children younger than 12 years of age.
How should I take Soma?
Follow your doctor's directions when taking Soma. If you do not
understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to
explain them to you. o Take each dose with a full glass of water. The
maximum amount of Soma you should take in one day is 4 tablets or 1,400
mg. Store Soma at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
What happens if I miss a dose?
You should take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However,
if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you missed and
take only your next regularly scheduled dose. Avoid taking a double
dose of this medication. Try to keep your doses at least 4 hours apart.
What happens if I overdose?
If you think you have inadvertently overdosed, seek emergency
medical attention immediately. o Symptoms of a Soma overdose include
low blood pressure which results in weakness, fainting or confusion.
Further symptoms are decreased breathing and unconsciousness.
What are the possible side effects of Soma?
If you experience any of the following serious side effects, stop
taking Soma immediately and seek emergency medical attention:
- an allergic reaction which may be symptomized by difficulty in
breathing; the swelling or closing of the throat; swelling of the
lips, tongue, or face; or breaking out in hives
- paralysis, loss of feeling, or extreme weakness
- vision reduction or loss
- agitation, tremor or shaking
The following less serious side effects may be more likely to occur.
If this happens, you may continue to take Soma but you should consult
your doctor if you experience
- drowsiness or dizziness
- blurred vision
Further side effects may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any
side effects that seem unusual or especially troublesome.
What other drugs will affect Soma?
Many drugs can amplify the effects of Soma, which can lead to heavy
sedation. Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you are
taking any of the following medicines:
- antihistamines such as brompheniramine (Dimetane, Bromfed,
others), chlorpheniramine (Chlor-Trimeton, Teldrin, others),
azatadine (Optimine), clemastine (Tavist), and many others; ·
narcotics (pain killers) such as meperidine (Demerol), morphine (MS
Contin, MSIR, others), propoxyphene (Darvon, Darvocet), hydrocodone
(Lorcet, Vicodin), oxycodone (Percocet, Percodan), fentanyl (Duragesic),
and codeine (Fiorinal, Fioricet, Tylenol #3, others)
- sedatives such as phenobarbital (Solfoton, Luminal), amobarbital
(Amytal), and secobarbital (Seconal)
- phenothiazines such as chlorpromazine (Thorazine), fluphenazine
(Prolixin), mesoridazine (Serentil), perphenazine (Trilafon),
prochlorperazine (Compazine), thioridazine (Mellaril), and
trifluoperazine (Stelazine); or · antidepressants such as doxepin (Sinequan),
imipramine (Tofranil), nortriptyline (Pamelor), fluoxetine (Prozac),
paroxetine (Paxil), sertraline (Zoloft), phenelzine (Nardil), and
Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with Soma. Talk
to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or