What is Soma?

Soma (carisoprodol) is a muscle relaxer that blocks pain sensations between the nerves and the brain. Soma is used together with rest and physical therapy to treat injuries and other painful musculoskeletal conditions.


Health Benefits

Soma may be used to treat a variety of conditions, such as:

Muscle spasms

Sprains and strains

Back pain

neck pain

Soma works by blocking pain signals that are sent to your brain. This action helps to relax the muscles and relieve pain.

Side Effects

Soma may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:





Some people may experience more serious side effects. If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:


Shortness of breath

Yellowing of the skin or eyes

Soma can cause other less serious side effects. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:





The usual adult dose of Soma is 250 mg to 350 mg three times a day and at bedtime. The maximum recommended dose is 1400 mg per day.


Soma may interact with other medications. Tell your doctor all prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

You should not take Soma if you are pregnant unless your doctor tells you otherwise. Soma may be harmful to an unborn baby, but it is not known if this medicine passes into breast milk or could harm a nursing baby. You should not breastfeed while taking this drug.

Mechanism of Action

Soma works by blocking pain signals that are sent to your brain. This action helps to relax the muscles and relieve pain.


Soma is rapidly absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract and has a bioavailability of approximately 99%. The mean elimination half-life of carisoprodol is approximately 2 hours. Carisoprodol is metabolized to meprobamate, which has sedative and anxiolytic properties.

Alternatives to Soma

There are many alternatives to Soma that can be used to treat muscle pain and other conditions. These include:





You should speak with your doctor about all of your treatment options before taking any medication.

How long does it take to work?

Soma usually begins to work within 30 minutes to 1 hour. You should take Soma with food or milk to lessen the chance of stomach upset.