Soma Treats Discomfort Associated With Certain Painful Muscle Conditions

Treating discomfort associated with certain painful muscle conditions. it​ is​ usually used along with rest and physical therapy.

Soma is​ a​ skeletal muscle relaxant. it​ works in​ the brain and spinal cord to​ relax the muscles. it​ also causes drowsiness.

Do NOT use Soma if:

* you are allergic to​ any ingredient in​ Soma or​ to​ similar medicines (eg, meprobamate)
* you have the blood disorder porphyria
* you take sodium oxybate (GHB) or​ meprobamate

Contact your doctor or​ health care provider right away if​ any of​ these apply to​ you.
Before using Soma :

Some medical conditions may interact with Soma . Tell your doctor or​ pharmacist if​ you have any medical conditions, especially if​ any of​ the following apply to​ you:

* if​ you are pregnant, plan to​ become pregnant, or​ are breast-feeding
* if​ you are taking any prescription or​ nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or​ dietary supplement
* if​ you have allergies to​ medicines or​ other substances
* if​ you have a​ history of​ kidney or​ liver problems, prostate problems, or​ seizures
* if​ you have a​ history of​ alcohol or​ other substance abuse or​ dependence

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Soma . Tell your health care provider if​ you are taking any other medicines, especially any of​ the following:

* Sodium oxybate (GHB) because severe drowsiness and prolonged sleep may occur
* Meprobamate because it​ may increase the risk of​ Soma 's side effects

This may not be a​ complete list of​ all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if​ Soma may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or​ change the dose of​ any medicine.
How to​ use Soma :

Use Soma as​ directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

* Take Soma by mouth with or​ without food.
* if​ you miss a​ dose of​ Soma , take it​ as​ soon as​ possible. if​ it​ is​ almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to​ your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at​ once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to​ use Soma .
Important safety information:

* Soma may cause drowsiness or​ dizziness. These effects may be worse if​ you take it​ with alcohol or​ certain medicines. Use Soma with caution. Do not drive or​ perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to​ it.
* Do not drink alcohol while you are using Soma .
* Check with your doctor before you use medicines that may cause drowsiness (eg, sleep aids, muscle relaxers) while you are using Soma ; it​ may add to​ their effects. Ask your pharmacist if​ you have questions about which medicines may cause drowsiness.
* Soma may cause dizziness, lightheadedness, or​ fainting; alcohol, hot weather, exercise, or​ fever may increase these effects. to​ prevent them, sit up or​ stand slowly, especially in​ the morning. Sit or​ lie down at​ the first sign of​ any of​ these effects.
* Do not take more than the recommended dose or​ use Soma for longer than 2 to​ 3 weeks without checking with your doctor.
* Rarely, some patients have experienced an​ unexpected reaction within minutes or​ hours after taking this medicine. Contact your doctor or​ seek medical care right away if​ you develop severe weakness, paralysis of​ the arms or​ legs, severe dizziness, loss of​ coordination, vision changes (eg, loss of​ vision, double vision), joint pain, or​ mental or​ mood changes (eg, agitation, confusion, disorientation).
* Use Soma with caution in​ Asian patients; they may be more sensitive to​ its effects.
* Soma should not be used in​ CHILDREN younger than 12 years old; safety and effectiveness in​ these children have not been confirmed.
* PREGNANCY AND BREAST-FEEDING: if​ you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to​ discuss the benefits and risks of​ using Soma while you are pregnant. Soma is​ found in​ breast milk. if​ you are or​ will be breast-feeding while you use Soma , check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to​ your baby.

Some people who use Soma for a​ long time may develop a​ need to​ continue taking it. People who take high doses are also at​ risk. This is​ known as​ DEPENDENCE or​ addiction. if​ you stop taking Soma suddenly, you may have WITHDRAWAL symptoms. These may include stomach cramps, trouble sleeping, headache, nausea, or​ seizure.

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