What do I need
to know about Carisoprodol?
You must use caution when driving an automobile, operating machinery,
or performing other kinds of hazardous or strenuous activities.
For some, Carisoprodol 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 Carisoprodol.
What is Carisoprodol?
Carisoprodol 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. Carisoprodol is normally used in conjunction with
rest and physical therapy, to treat injuries and other painful
muscular conditions. Carisoprodol may also be used for purposes
other than those listed here.
Who should not take
Avoid Carisoprodol if you have acute intermittent porphyria.
Before taking Carisoprodol, 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 Carisoprodol without first talking to your doctor if you
are pregnant since it is not yet known whether Carisoprodol will
harm an unborn baby.. o Do not take Carisoprodol without first
consulting your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby since it
has not been confirmed whether Carisoprodol passes into breast
milk. o Carisoprodol is not approved for use in children younger
than 12 years of age.
How should I take
Follow your doctor's directions when taking Carisoprodol. 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 Carisoprodol you
should take in one day is 4 tablets or 1,400 mg. Store
Carisoprodol at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
What happens if I miss a
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
Carisoprodol 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 Carisoprodol?
If you experience any of the following serious side effects,
stop taking Carisoprodol immediately and seek emergency medical
- 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
- 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 Carisoprodol 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
Many drugs can amplify the effects of Carisoprodol, 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 tranylcypromine (Parnate)
Drugs other than those listed
here may also interact with Carisoprodol. Talk to your doctor
and pharmacist before taking any prescription or