A carisoprodol tablet is made up of alginic acid, magnesium stearate, potassium sorbate, tribasic calcium phosphate mixed with the chemical compounds N-isopropyl-2-methyl-2-propyl-1, and 3-propanediol dicarbamate. This mixture produces a white crystalline powder that is then mixed with pure starch, resulting to the familiar white, round, convex tablets that is available over the counter as Soma.
It is usually packaged in 350 mg tablets, stored in bottles that contain 100 pieces each. Its recommended dosage is 3 times a day.
How Does It Work?
Simply put, carisoprodol is a muscle relaxant first used by medical practitioners on sports-related traumas. Nowadays, this drug is often made with aspirin and / or analgesic with antipyretic and / or other anti-inflammatory drugs. It is mainly used as a pain killer or as a supplement to painful muscular conditions (i.e. for those undergoing physical therapy.) Doctors recommend that when taking carisoprodol, one must be at home acquiring rest.
Although it may sound contrary, casrisoprodol, as a muscle relaxant, does not technically relax tense skeletal muscles in man. The drug works by blocking the nerve impulses that transmit pain sensations to the brain. This action helps alleviate the stress placed on the muscles, thereby helping the body loosen up.
One of the major benefits of carisoprodol is that it is easily soluble in water – meaning, it readily passes from tablet form to the blood stream. It is actually more soluble in alcohol. However, medical practitioner advice against taking the drug with alcohol, as it causes an additive effect.
The onset of the drug’s action is very rapid. It takes less than twenty minutes for the drug to take hold, as compared to other pain relievers that clock from between 30 minutes to an hour.
Also, when compared to other pain killers, whose mitigating action only last for a couple of hours, carisoprodol’s duration is from 4 to 6 hours.
This makes it an efficient pain reliever. carisoprodol manages to block out even the most extreme muscular spasms (- this of course, should be matched with rest and physical therapy, and adherence to the recommended dosage per day.)
It is now also quite available as an over-the-counter drug – meaning, it does not require medical prescription when you buy one. In fact, generic carisoprodol is also available in on-line stores and are readily shipped in accordance with the customer’s directives.
Since the drug now has its generic counterpart, it is now 75% cheaper than the branded Soma.
Who May Not Take the Drug
However, because this drug is very potent, not everyone is advised to take it. Children (those under the age of 12,) lactating mothers, pregnant mothers, and the elderly are not likely candidates for this drug’s use. Young children may not be able to handle the drug’s potency and elderly patients may have medications that may react adversely to carisoprodol. Also, the drug passes easily from mother to child in concentration via the umbilical tube or through breast milk.
Those who handle heavy machinery are also not advised to take carisoprodol during work hours. The drug has sedative-like qualities which may impair physical or mental performance. As always, it is advisable to seek consultation with a health professional before taking the drug. It has been noted that the drug’s effects and potential side-effects vary from one person to the other.