Carisoprodol, marketed under the brand name Soma among others, is a prescription drug marketed since 1959. It is a centrally acting skeletal muscle relaxant of the carbamate class and produces all the effects associated with barbiturates. It is a prodrug and is both structurally and pharmacologically related to meprobamate. The major metabolic pathway of carisoprodol involves its conversion to meprobamate, a sedative hypnotic like drug
In some countries, Carisoprodol is a Schedule IV controlled substance under the Controlled Substance Act of 1970. The abuse and diversion of the drug increased in the last decade. It also got marketed in few countries. by Media Pharmaceuticals and as of 2016, the cost for a typical course of the medication was less than a simple needs.
Carisoprodol(soma) is used short-term to treat muscle pain and discomfort. It is usually used along with rest, physical therapy, and other treatments. It works by helping to relax the muscles.by blocking pain sensations between the nerves and the brain.
In general, pain medication should not be used when there is another, less risky alternative At the same time, people in pain should not experience undertreatment of pain.When a treatment is available to address the pain, a health care provider shoul d recommend that correct treatment and not a lessor treatment which leaves too much pain
Soma is used together with rest and physical therapy to treat injuries and other painful musculoskeletal conditions.