(Generic for Soma)
This medication is a muscle relaxant. It was
originally introduced as sedative and is similar to meprobamate. Muscle
spasm is the tight knotted feeling in the back. This medication is
addictive, causes drowsiness, and may not be used within six hours of driving or
operating dangerous equipment. It can be used with non-steroidals,
narcotic pain killers, and antidepressants. It works better, in our opinion,
than Skelaxin, Norflex, and Flexeril. It works as well as Valium but is not
as addictive. Although expensive, we stock this medication since it works
so well and has relatively few side effects.
The following is the package insert. It is
complete and lengthy but not easily understood
A muscle relaxant used to treat short-term painful muscle
conditions in patients over 12 years of age. Is used in combination with rest
and physical therapy.
Precautions: DO NOT USE if you are allergic to this
medicine or if you have acute intermittent porphyria.
BEFORE USING THIS MEDICATION, tell your doctor or
pharmacist if you are pregnant or breastfeeding; or if you are taking, will be
taking or stop taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine; or if you
have any other medical conditions, including liver or kidney disease.
Side Effects: Every medicine can cause side effects, but
many people have no, or minor, side effects. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if
any of the following occurs: Drowsiness; dizziness; clumsiness; feeling of
whirling motion; tremors; agitation; irritability; headache; depression;
fainting; sleeplessness; rapid heartbeat; facial flushing; nausea; vomiting;
hiccoughs; upset stomach.
Guidelines for Use: USE EXACTLY AS PRESCRIBED.
Usual adult dose is up to 3 or 4 times daily;
take last dose at bedtime.
Take with food if stomach upset occurs.
If a dose is missed, take it as soon as
possible. If several hours have passed or if it is nearing time for the next
dose, do not double the dose in order to "catch up," unless advised by your
doctor. If more than one dose is missed, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
May cause drowsiness. Use caution while driving
or performing other tasks requiring alertness, coordination or physical
dexterity. Avoid alcohol and other medicines that cause drowsiness (e.g.,
sleeping pills, antihistamines).
Dizziness or lightheadedness may occur if you
stand up too fast from a lying or sitting position. If this occurs, get up
slowly and avoid sudden changes in posture.
In addition to the other side effects listed
above, the first dose has, rarely, been associated with extreme weakness, visual
disturbances and confusion. Contact your doctor if these occur.
Store at room temperature.
This information is advisory only; it does not contain all
information about this medicine. If you have any questions about your medicine,
ask your doctor, pharmacist or healthcare provider.
Copyright 1996 by Facts and Comparisons, used with the
permission of Southwood Pharmaceuticals
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