What is carisoprodol, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
- Carisoprodol is an oral muscle relaxant. Its
exact mechanism of action is unknown. It may work by altering communication
among nerves in parts of the brain that control the sensation of
pain and in the
- The FDA approved carisoprodol in April 1959.
What are the uses for carisoprodol?
Carisoprodol is used together with rest and physical
therapy for the short-term relief of acute painful muscle and skeletal
conditions in adults. It is only used for 2 to 3 weeks.
What brand names are available for carisoprodol?
Is carisoprodol available as a generic drug?
Do I need a prescription for carisoprodol?
What is the dosage for carisoprodol?
- The recommended dose of carisoprodol is 250 or 350 mg three
times daily and at bedtime.
- The recommended treatment duration is 2 to 3 weeks.
- To avoid withdrawal symptoms, carisoprodol should be stopped gradually if it has been used for a long duration.
Medically speaking, the term "myalgia" refers to what type of pain?
Is carisoprodol safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
- There are no adequate studies of carisoprodol in
- Carisoprodol accumulates in breast milk in
concentrations twice those of the mother's blood. The effects of carisoprodol on
the infants of lactating mothers are unknown. Therefore, caution should be used
when using carisoprodol in women who are
What else should I know about carisoprodol?
What preparations of carisoprodol are available?
Tablets: 250 and 350 mg.
How should I keep carisoprodol stored?
Tablets should be stored between 15-30 C (59-86 F).
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Medically Reviewed on 8/1/2019
Medically reviewed by John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP; Board Certified Emergency Medicine
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