Carisoprodol is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used to treat mild to moderate pain, inflammation, spasms, or stiffness of the muscles, tendons, or ligaments. Carisoprodol is also used in combination with other measures, such as physical therapy, rest, or massage, to relieve pain and stiffness caused by muscular injuries, strains, or sprains. Carisoprodol can also be used to control chronic pain.
Carisoprodol is most often prescribed in the treatment of acute back pain, although it may be used in other conditions, too. Common side effects of carisoprodol include headache, stomach upset, nausea, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, upset stomach, muscle aches, dizziness, confusion, anxiety, sleepiness, and insomnia. In some cases, carisoprodol has been associated with kidney problems, vision problems, or hearing loss. If you experience any of these symptoms after using carisoprodol to treat back pain, speak to your doctor immediately.
Carisoprodol is usually taken on an empty stomach. It must be taken with a full glass of water. After taking carisoprodol for the first time, check with your doctor about possible interactions with medications that you are taking. A full glass of water and two cups of water should be included in your meal plan. Make sure to keep a bottle of water and a glass of water on hand just in case of emergencies. You can also make your own home remedies with the carisoprodol for back pain relief, so talk to your doctor about the possibility of using these.
Carisoprodol is generally safe for use. But, if you have liver disease or heart problems, talk to your doctor before starting or stopping carisoprodol. Carisoprodol can cause birth defects in pregnant women or in the unborn child. Even with pregnant women, you should never take more than one pill per day unless advised by your doctor. Pregnant women, especially, should avoid taking carisoprodol for more than 12 weeks. at any one time. If you have liver or kidney disease, you should also avoid taking any type of NSAID, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, or indomethacin, for extended periods of time.
Carisoprodol can cause pregnancy complications if taken during or after the second trimester of pregnancy. It may be dangerous to use carisoprodol if you are nursing. Do not take carisoprodol if you are breast feeding or planning to breast feed. Carisoprodol may increase the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and stroke.
Carisoprodol is not recommended for people who smoke, because it may interact with smoking, increasing the risk of lung problems. Smoking is also known to cause some side effects of carisoprodol.