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Skeletal Muscle Relaxants,
Soma, Carisoprodol, Isomeprobate

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Carisoprodol, Indications, RXlist:"Carisoprodol is indicated as an adjunct to rest, physical therapy, and other measures for the relief of discomfort associated with acute, painful, musculoskeletal conditions. The mode of action of this drug has not been clearly identified, but may be related to its sedative properties. Carisoprodol does not directly relax tense skeletal muscles in man."
http://www.rxlist.com/cgi/generic/carisop_ids.htm

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Carisoprodol(Soma), Muscle Relaxants, Spine-health.com:"Carisoprodol (Soma). This drug’s dosage is 350mg every eight hours as needed for muscle spasm. Soma is typically prescribed on a short-term basis and may be habit-forming, especially if used in conjunction with alcohol or other drugs that act on the mind."
http://www.spine-health.com/topics/conserv/overview/med/med04.html

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Carisoprodol, Health Library, LaurusHealth.com:"Carisoprodol is a drug used as an adjunct to rest and physical therapy for relief of muscle pain. Carisoprodol is available by prescription alone and in combinations with other drugs."
http://www.laurushealth.com/Library/HealthGuide/CAM/topic.asp?hwid=hn-drug-carisoprodol

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Carisoprodol, Drug Class and Mechanism, MedicineNet.com:"Carisoprodol is a muscle relaxant. It acts by blocking electrical communication among nerves in the reticular formation of the brain and in the spinal cord."
http://www.focusonmedications.com/script/main/Art.asp?li=MNI&ArticleKey=6181

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Carisoprodol, Warnings, Mosby,s DRUG Consult:"On very rare occasions, the first dose of carisoprodol has been followed by idiosyncratic symptoms appearing within minutes or hours. Symptoms Reported Include: Extreme weakness, transient quadriplegia, dizziness, ataxia, temporary loss of vision, diplopia, mydriasis, dysarthria, agitation, euphoria, confusion, and disorientation. Symptoms usually subside over the course of the next several hours. Supportive and symptomatic therapy, including hospitalization, may be necessary."
http://www.genrx.com/genrxfree/Top_200_1999/Drugs/E0664.htm

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Carisoprodol(Soma), Carisoprodol (soma): abuse potential and physician unawareness, 1999, Biopsychiatry.com:"Carisoprodol is a noncontrolled skeletal muscle relaxant whose active metabolite is meprobamate, a Schedule IV controlled substance. Although several case reports have shown that carisoprodol has abuse potential, it continues to be widely prescribed."
http://www.biopsychiatry.com/meprobamate.htm

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Carisoprodol(Soma), Preparations, Behavenet.com:"SOMA® (Wallace) FDA approved indications: adjunct for painful musculoskeletal conditions. SOMA® Compound (combination with aspirin an Wallace) FDA approved indications: adjunct for painful musculoskeletal conditions."
http://www.behavenet.com/capsules/treatments/drugs/carisoprodol.htm

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Carisoprodol(Soma), Why is this drug prescribed, PDR.net:"Soma alone will not heal your muscles. You need to follow the program of physical therapy, rest, or exercise that your doctor prescribes. Do not attempt any more physical activity than your doctor recommends, even though Soma temporarily makes it seem feasible."
http://www.pdrhealth.com/drug_info/rxdrugprofiles/drugs/som1409.shtml

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Soma ® , Recovery First:"Soma ®, or Carisoprodol, is used to relieve acute, painful muscle strains and spasms. Soma ® is not a narcotic, however it is addictive. Its classification is a skeletal muscle relaxant."
Recovery First
2701 West Oakland Park Blvd Suite 240
Fort Lauderdale, Fl 33311
800-734-5192 Fax: 954-735-6033
http://www.recoveryfirst.net/soma.htm

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