If you experience a muscle strain or sprain, your doctor may prescribe carisoprodol to help relieve your pain. This medication works by targeting your central nervous system to relax your muscles and ease your discomfort. Your doctor will probably have you take carisoprodol either alone or along with rest, exercise or physical therapy to help you heal.
Most people take a carisoprodol tablet a few times during the day and once at bedtime. You can take it without food, but if you do, you may get an upset stomach. If this is the case, try taking it with a meal or a snack or with some milk. It’s important that you tell your doctor if you have any allergies to certain medications before you start taking carisoprodol. Also be certain to tell him or her if you are taking other medications, even over-the-counter medicines or herbal supplements, because they might interact with carisoprodol.
Not everyone should use this medicine. If you have certain medical conditions, such as liver disease, kidney disease or a seizure disorder, or if you are pregnant, it might not be something you should take. Discuss the pros and cons with your doctor.
Carisoprodol might make you feel tired or drowsy. This feeling may be even worse if you drink alcohol when you are taking it. Be aware of this potential side effect before you get behind the wheel of a car or operate machinery.
Let your doctor know if you experience any severe side effects, such as clumsiness, headaches, rapid heart rate or a skin rash. Get immediate medical help if taking carisoprodol makes you have trouble breathing or if you have a fever or a burning sensation in your eyes.
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