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All about: Aspirin/Carisoprodol

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Generic Name: Aspirin/Carisoprodol Tablets (ASS-pihr-in/car-eye-so-PRO-dole)
Brand Name: Soma Compound

Aspirin/Carisoprodol is used for:

Relieving pain, muscle spasm, and limited movement caused by acute painful conditions of the bone and muscle.

Aspirin/Carisoprodol is a muscle relaxant and analgesic combination. It works by blocking prostaglandin synthesis, which helps to reduce pain and inflammation. The sedative properties of carisoprodol may produce muscle relaxation which helps to relieve pain.

Do NOT use Aspirin/Carisoprodol if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Aspirin/Carisoprodol or to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • you have a history of bleeding problems (eg, hemophilia, Von Willebrand disease)
  • you have chickenpox, flu, or other viral illness and are a child or teenager
  • you are currently taking clopidogrel, heparin, probenecid, sodium oxybate (GHB), or sulfinpyrazone

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Aspirin/Carisoprodol :

Some medical conditions may interact with Aspirin/Carisoprodol . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have a history of asthma, diabetes, difficulty urinating, an enlarged prostate, nasal polyps, liver or kidney problems, Kawasaki syndrome, or heart problems
  • if you have a history of stomach or intestinal problems (eg, ulcers), intestinal bleeding, bleeding in the brain, stroke, seizures, the blood disease porphyria, or decreased amounts of vitamin K in the blood
  • if you have chickenpox, flu, or other viral illness
  • if you regularly consume alcohol or have a history of drug abuse or dependence

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Aspirin/Carisoprodol . Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • NSAIDs (eg, ibuprofen) because they may decrease Aspirin/Carisoprodol 's effectiveness
  • Sodium oxybate (GHB) because side effects, such as increased drowsiness, disorientation, difficult or slow breathing, drowsiness leading to unresponsiveness or coma, or seizures, may occur
  • Anticoagulants (eg, warfarin), celecoxib, clopidogrel, or heparin because the risk of bleeding may be increased
  • Carbonic anhydrase inhibitors (eg, brinzolamide), insulin, meglitinide antidiabetics (eg, repaglinide), methotrexate, or valproic acid because the actions and side effects of these medicines may be increased
  • Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors (eg, enalapril), probenecid, or sulfinpyrazone because their effectiveness may be decreased by Aspirin/Carisoprodol

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Aspirin/Carisoprodol may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Aspirin/Carisoprodol :

Use Aspirin/Carisoprodol as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Take Aspirin/Carisoprodol by mouth with or without food. If stomach upset occurs, take with food to reduce stomach irritation.
  • If you miss a dose of Aspirin/Carisoprodol and you are taking it regularly, take it as soon as possible. If several hours have passed or if it is nearing time for the next dose, do not double the dose to catch up, unless advised by your health care provider. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Aspirin/Carisoprodol .

Important safety information:

  • Aspirin/Carisoprodol may cause drowsiness or dizziness. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Aspirin/Carisoprodol with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
  • Do not drink alcohol or use medicines that may cause drowsiness (eg, sleep aids, muscle relaxers) while you are using Aspirin/Carisoprodol ; it may add to their effects. Ask your pharmacist if you have questions about which medicines may cause drowsiness.
  • Aspirin/Carisoprodol may cause dizziness or fainting; alcohol, hot weather, exercise, or fever may increase these effects. To prevent them, sit up or stand slowly, especially in the morning. Sit or lie down at the first sign of any of these effects.
  • Serious stomach ulcers or bleeding can occur with the use of Aspirin/Carisoprodol . Taking it in high doses or for a long time, smoking, or drinking alcohol increases the risk of these side effects. Taking Aspirin/Carisoprodol with food will NOT reduce the risk of these effects. Contact your doctor or emergency room at once if you develop severe stomach or back pain; black, tarry stools; vomit that looks like blood or coffee grounds; or unusual weight gain or swelling.
  • Aspirin has been linked to a serious illness called Reye syndrome. Do not give Aspirin/Carisoprodol to a child or teenager who has the flu, chickenpox, or a viral infection. Contact your doctor with any questions or concerns.
  • Diabetes patients - Aspirin/Carisoprodol may affect your blood sugar. Check blood sugar levels closely. Ask your doctor before you change the dose of your diabetes medicine.
  • Aspirin/Carisoprodol has aspirin in it. Before you start any new medicine, check the label to see if it has aspirin in it too. If it does or if you are not sure, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Tell your doctor or dentist that you take Aspirin/Carisoprodol before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
  • Use Aspirin/Carisoprodol with caution in the ELDERLY; they may be more sensitive to its effects.
  • Aspirin/Carisoprodol should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN younger than 12 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Aspirin/Carisoprodol while you are pregnant. Aspirin/Carisoprodol is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking Aspirin/Carisoprodol .

Some people who use Aspirin/Carisoprodol for a long time may develop a need to continue taking it. People who take high doses are also at risk. This is known as DEPENDENCE or addiction. If you suddenly stop taking Aspirin/Carisoprodol , you may experience WITHDRAWAL symptoms including nausea; stomach cramps; trouble sleeping; chills; headache.

Possible side effects of Aspirin/Carisoprodol :

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Constipation; dizziness; drowsiness; exaggerated sense of well-being; headache; nausea; sleeplessness; upset stomach.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); asthma; black, tarry stools; confusion; depression; fainting; fast heartbeat; ringing in the ears; severe muscle weakness in arms or legs; severe stomach pain; slurred speech; temporary loss of vision; trouble walking; unusual bruising or bleeding; vision changes.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org/findyour.htm), or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include confusion; fever; irregular heartbeat; loss of consciousness; ringing in the ears; seizures; unusual drowsiness or dizziness.

Proper storage of Aspirin/Carisoprodol :

Store Aspirin/Carisoprodol at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Brief storage at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Aspirin/Carisoprodol out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Aspirin/Carisoprodol , please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Aspirin/Carisoprodol is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Aspirin/Carisoprodol . If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Issue Date: September 5, 2007
Database Edition
Copyright © 2007 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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