Flow of Topics
Is Soma and Flexeril the same?
Table 1: Soma Vs Flexeril- Similarities
|Class of drug||Muscle relaxer||Muscle relaxer|
|Dosing of the analgesic||3 to 4 times a day||3 times a day|
|Route of Administration||Oral pill||Oral pill|
|Intake of meals||One can take light meal with Soma pill||Have a light meal before or after taking Flexeril|
|Form of intake||Take Soma pill as a whole without breaking or crushing it.||One should not crush or break the pill before intake.|
|Age restrictions||For people of age group 17 to 65 years||Not approved for use by people below 15 years |
|Recommendation for pregnancy and nursing women||Not recommended without a valid prescription||No data available|
|pregnancy and nursing women||valid prescription||–|
Soma Vs Flexeril- how do they differ?
Table 2: Flexeril Vs Soma- differences
|Other brand names||Pain o soma, Watson Soma, Prosoma||Amrix|
|Legal Status||Schedule IV ||Prescription use only |
|Dosages||Soma 350mg and 500mg||Flexeril 5mg and 10mg|
|Dosage gap||4 to 5 hours||3 to 4 hours|
|Beginners dosage||Soma 350mg||Flexeril 10mg|
|Maximum intake of the Dosage ||30 mg||1400mg|
Prescription use of Soma and Flexeril
Soma Vs Flexeril- Drug interactions
Table 3: Drug Interaction of Carisoprodol and Cyclobenzaprine
|Alcohol||Yes||Yes||Slow down brain processing|
|CNS depressant||Yes||Yes||Impair physical ability|
|Omeprazole ||Yes||Not enough data||Reduce the elimination process of Carisoprodol|
|lorazepam||Yes||Yes||Slow down brain processing|
|Monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI)||Not enough data||Yes||Severe side effects|
|Rifadin ||Yes||Not enough data||Increase the elimination process of Carisoprodol.|
|Drugs for sleep or anxiety||Yes||Yes||Drowsiness|
Table 3, does not list down all the possible drug interactions between Soma and Flexeril. Apart from the medications listed here, they can interact with other prescription and non-prescription drugs. The interaction of Flexeril and Soma pills with alcohol can also cause Somnolence and difficulty in breathing. In other words, a user needs to mention all their ongoing medication before taking these muscle relaxers
Flexeril vs Soma- which is a safer choice?
Table 4: Soma Vs Flexeril- side effects
|Side effects||Soma muscle relaxer||Flexeril tablet||Indication|
|Dry mouth||No||Yes||Do not need immediate medical help|
|Fatigue||No||Yes||No need for immediate medical help|
|Constipation||No||Yes||Do not need immediate medical help|
|Sleep problem||Yes||No||No need for immediate medical help|
|Agitation||Yes||No||Do not need immediate medical help|
|Confusion||No||Yes||Best to consult a doctor|
|Seizure||Yes||No||Immediately contact a doctor|
|Depression||Yes||No||Best to consult a doctor|
|Acid-reflux||No||Yes||Contact a doctor in severe case|
|Abdominal pain||No||Yes||Best to consult a doctor|
Figure1: Flexeril Vs Soma- precaution and warnings 
Users reviews for Flexeril and Soma muscle relaxer
Figure 2: Soma Vs Flexeril- review
Long-term use of Soma and Flexeril
Figure 3: Soma vs Flexeril- long-term usage
Right Soma abuse management
Two of the main cause for dependency in Soma users are-
- Wrong intake of the muscle relaxer
- Overdosing of the medicine
- Abruptly stopping the use of the Soma pill can cause withdrawal symptoms
One must be able to identify this condition in the initial stage. Some of the signs and symptoms of Soma pill abuse are –
- Muscle twitching
Which is more affordable- Soma or Flexeril?
Figure 4: Flexeril Vs Soma- Price of the drug
Is there an alternative for muscle relaxers?
Figure 5: Alternative for muscle relaxers 
Another muscle relaxer that can be a potential alternative for Soma and Flexeril is Robaxin. It is also a prescription medication for treating severe and sharp pain in users. Soma Vs Robaxin is also one of the most talked-about muscle relaxer debates. However, before choosing the right pain medication for you. It is advisable to first consult a doctor.
Soma Vs Flexeril- our final thought
Table 5: Soma Vs Flexeril- Pros and cons
Soma muscle relaxer
Flexeril muscle relaxer
Helps with muscle spasms along with improving the movement of the body
Generic version is available
In pregnancy must be taken under doctor’s guidance
Helps in managing muscle spasms
Available in generic form
Safer for pregnant women
Do not use for more than 2 to 3 weeks
Can cause dizziness and drowsiness
People with kidney, liver and heart issues can take the medicine after talking to a doctor.
One must not take Flexeril for a long-term
Prone to cause dizziness and drowsiness on interaction with alcohol.
Patients with renal, hepatic and cardiac disorder should take Flexeril after consulting a physician.
Can cause Dry mouth in the user
The use of Flexeril pain medicine is not effective for body pain occurring from brain and spinal injury
Abuse and withdrawal
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