Pain arises due to cut, burning, stubbing a toe, damage of tissue and injury. At the site of pain or injury, neurotransmitters generate and transmit pain impulses. Pain is common problem or disease that can happen to anyone. The daily lifestyle can also lead to pain like regular or 8 to 9 hours sitting on chair, continuous driving, playing video games for longer time and chess, lifting heavy objects, and carrying heavy bags. In some cases pain is acute but when an individual doesn’t take precautions it gets converted into chronic pain. If pain remains constant, the amount of the stress hormone increases in body, including the cortisol and adrenaline. In case of muscle pain there will be continuous feeling of tension and fatigue and emotional problems such as anxiety and depression.
Carisoprodol is used together with rest and physical therapy to treat injuries and other painful musculoskeletal conditions. It is also used for the treatment of muscle pain and discomfort. Carisoprodol is rapidly absorbed after oral administration, metabolized by the liver and excreted via kidneys. Carisoprodol is marketed in various brand name such as Soma, Pro-soma and Pain-o-soma. These medications are widely prescribed by the doctor for the treatment of pain. This is usually prescribed medication for the treatment of pain.
Carisoprodol is an active constituent; and a centrally acting skeletal muscle relaxant medication. It produces all the effects associated with barbiturate. It belongs to the class of Carbamate drugs. Carisoprodol is modified form of Meprobamate. It shows pharmacological action by obstructing neuronal communication inside the reticular formation and spinal cord and shows sedation and alteration in pain perception. Before using this medication consult your doctor if you are suffering from epilepsy or other seizure disorder, liver and kidney disease.
Administration of Carisoprodol:
This medication is prescribed usually 2-3 times a day. This drug can be administered with or with or without food. Administer this drug orally with full glass of water. Do not increase or decrease the dose without consulting doctor. The dose of this drug depends on condition of the patient. Usual Adult Dose for Muscle Spasm is 250 mg or 350 mg orally 3 times.
Patient may face some common side effects while using this medication such as: drowsiness, dizziness, tremor, headache, depression, feeling irritable, blurred vision, sleep problems (insomnia), nausea, vomiting, hiccups, and upset stomach.
Some important precautions of using Carisoprodol:
- Do not use this medication for longer duration as it is habit forming medication and it should only be used under prescription only.
- Do not consume alcohol while using this medication as it can increase drowsiness and dizziness caused by Carisoprodol.
- Do not suddenly stop the intake of this medication as it can show withdrawal symptoms.
- This medication is harmful to unborn baby so do not use Carisoprodol if you are pregnant.
- Carisoprodol is only indicated for acute treatment period up to 2 or 3 weeks.