Soma (Carisoprodol) is a muscle relaxant that effectively manages acute skeletal conditions by blocking pain sensation between the brain and nerves. It is commonly used with rest and physical therapy to treat musculoskeletal pain, bone injuries, fractures, joint pain, stiffness, and inflammation.
How Soma Works
Soma works in the central nervous system by reducing pain sensation and relaxing muscles. It has a fast onset of action, starting to work within 25 to 30 minutes, and its effects last for three to four hours. However, it is a controlled class Schedule IV drug with recognized potential for abuse and addiction.
Soma Side Effects
Soma may cause unwanted side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, headache, muscle stiffness, uncontrolled eye movements, and weakness of arms and legs. These side effects usually disappear within a few days, but severe side effects require immediate medical attention.
The half-life of Soma refers to how long it takes half a dose to leave the body. The average half-life of the drug is between 1 – 3 hours, and it takes 11 – 12 hours to eliminate a dose of SOMA from the system. However, the half-life varies from person to person depending on factors such as age, metabolism, genetics, overall health, and body mass.
Soma Drug Screening
Soma is not on the standardized drug screen panel, but individual and specified tests can detect its metabolites. Traces of Soma may be present in urine samples for several days after the last dose, while it can be detected in blood for 24 hours after the last dose. In hair, it is detectable up to a month after the last use of the drug.
Short-Term Use of Soma
Soma is approved for short-term use, and taking it for an extended period may result in addiction and drug abuse. Therefore, it is crucial to use it for managing acute skeletal conditions only and under the guidance of a healthcare professional.