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(carisoprodol and aspirin) Tablets, USP for Oral Use
Soma Compound (carisoprodol and aspirin tablets, USP) is a fixed-dose combination product containing the following two products:
- 200 mg of carisoprodol, a centrally-acting muscle relaxant
- 325 mg of aspirin, an analgesic with antipyretic and anti-inflammatory properties.
It is available as a two-layered, white and orange, round tablet for oral administration.
Carisoprodol: Chemically, carisoprodol is N-isopropyl-2-methyl-2-propyl-1,3-propanediol dicarbamate and its molecular formula is C12H24N2O4, with a molecular weight of 260.33. The structural formula of carisoprodol is:
Aspirin: Chemically, aspirin (acetylsalicyclic acid) is 2-(acetyloxy)-, benzoic acid and its molecular formula is C9H8O4, with a molecular weight of 180.16. The structural formula of aspirin is:
Other ingredients in the Soma Compound (carisoprodol and aspirin) drug product are croscarmellose sodium, FD&C Red #40, FD&C Yellow #6, hypromellose, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, povidone, starch, and stearic acid.
What are the possible side effects of aspirin and carisoprodol (Soma Compound)?
If you experience any of the following serious side effects, stop taking aspirin and carisoprodol and seek emergency medical attention or contact your doctor immediately:
- an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; or hives);
- paralysis (loss of feeling) or extreme weakness;
- vision loss;
- agitation or tremor;
- red, black, or bloody stools; or
- bloody vomit.
Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to take aspirin and...
What are the precautions when taking carisoprodol and aspirin (Soma Compound)?
Before taking this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to carisoprodol or aspirin; or to meprobamate, tybamate, or mebutamate; or to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs-NSAIDs (such as ibuprofen); or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: a certain blood disorder (acute intermittent porphyria), asthma (including a history of worsening breathing with runny/stuffy nose after taking aspirin or other NSAIDs), growths in the nose (nasal polyps), stomach/intestine/esophagus problems (such as bleeding, heartburn, ulcers),...
Last reviewed on RxList: 12/9/2009
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.
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