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Published on: 14 Jun 2018 by shanon06

Soma Pill: Its Use and Safety

There are a number of pain relief medications available in
the market today. With the increasing use of painkillers, we can only
understand how these medications are becoming a necessity in our frequently
pain-inflicted life. Soma pill
is a popular muscle relaxer out of all. Its generic version is Carisoprodol
which has been in use since 1959. It is one of the fastest acting muscle
relievers. But do you know that misuse of pain relief medications like Soma
pill can be adverse for health?

Let us understand how it functions and how to use it safely.

What is in Soma pill?

The ingredients in this medication are categorized into-

Active ingredients: Carisoprodol and Aspirin

Inactive ingredients: Microcrystalline Cellulose, Lactose
Monohydrate, Croscarmellose Sodium, Pregelatinized Starch, Providone, Silicon
Dioxide and Magnesium Stearate.

What does the painkiller do?

Soma pill is a mild form of a painkiller that helps in the
treatment of musculoskeletal pain. It is mainly prescribed to treat mild to
moderate levels of acute muscle pain. The active ingredient Carisoprodol
belongs to a specialized category of painkillers called muscle relaxers.

Note that, this painkiller acts as an aid in the process of
overall recovery from muscle pain. It is mostly prescribed with an ample amount
of timely rest and physical therapy.

How does Soma pill work?

Carisoprodol works by targeting the affected musculoskeletal
region. It relaxes the stiff muscles and eases the pain by binding to certain
receptors in the brain. After that, it simply blocks out the painful sensations
between the brain and the nerves in the affected area. In other words, it can
change the brain’s overall perception of pain.

At the same time, it has certain soothing effects on the
central nervous system. It is also known as a mental relaxer for this reason.
By increasing the levels of Serotonin and Norepinephrine in the brain pathways,
it can help drive away the pain induced anxiety and discomfort. 

Avoid Soma Overdose:

An overdose on any medication is not recommended. Such
misuse of a medication can lead to health risks with far-reaching consequences.

Although rare, an overdose on Soma pill can lead to
serotonin accumulation in the brain. Such drug accumulation can prove to be
risky for people with other health conditions relating to cardiac, renal or
neuronal health problems. So, you must follow the necessary guidelines given by
your doctor in taking this pain relief medication.

Possible Drug Interactions:

Avoid the use of the following drugs if you are taking Soma
pill at the same time-

•        
Cough relievers

•        
Antibiotics like erythromycin, telithromycin,
and linezolid

•        
Anti-anxiety medications such as diazepam,
alprazolam, meprobamate

•        
Substances which causes drowsiness like
antihistamines (cetirizine or diphenhydramine)

•        
Allergy medications

•        
Anti-fungal medications containing ketoconazole

•        
Other muscle relaxants or painkillers

•        
Non-prescription medications like herbal
products, vitamins, minerals, etc.

When should you avoid taking Soma pill?

•        
You have any known allergy to Soma pill or other
painkillers.

•        
You are suffering from any other health condition
relating to cardiac, hepatic, metabolic, renal or neuronal problems.

•        
You have a history of drug abuse and addiction.

•        
You are taking other prescription and
non-prescription medications like ketoconazole, antibiotics like erythromycin
or linezolid, other muscle relaxers and pain medications.

•        
You are Pregnant or have recently started
breastfeeding.

•        
You are below 18 years of age.

•        
You drink alcohol or smoke regularly.

 

 

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