Soma is a muscle-relaxing medication that contains carisoprodol. It helps relieves discomfort and pain caused due to acute musculoskeletal conditions in adults.
People should use soma only for short periods (up to two to three weeks). There is no adequate evidence of effectiveness for long-term use, and skeletal muscle pain conditions generally last for short durations.
Soma helps treat:
Skeletal muscle pain
Injuries in the muscle
Strain or sprain
Doctors prescribe the medicine for these conditions; however, people also use Soma for back pain.
Frank Berger created soma at Wallace Laboratories and named it carisoprodol. It is a modification of meprobamate. Experts mainly developed Soma for anxiety. The medication has better muscle relaxant properties, with lesser risks of overdose and addiction.
On 1 June 1959, a few American pharmacologists convened at Wayne University in Michigan to discuss about a new drug. The drug (later called carisoprodol), originally thought to have antiseptic properties, was found to have central muscle-relaxing properties.
The maximum duration to take Soma pills is up to 14-20 days. People should not use the medication beyond that time duration due to the risks of abuse and addiction.