Generic Name : Carisoprodol (kar eye soe PROE dole)
Brand Names : Soma, Vanadom
Soma is used for short term treatment of pain or discomfort that occurs from various types of muscular injuries. It is usually used along with a rigorous treatment plan that includes rest, physical therapy and other anti-inflammatory medications for strains, spasms and sprains. It is basically a muscle relaxer and works in the central nervous system to help relieve muscle pains. It may actually be effective by calming down the central nervous system.
This medication is generally taken by mouth about four times a day. How much is taken will depend on the medical condition and how well the body responds to the treatment program. It is important to take this medicine just as the doctor prescribes it and begin to reduce it under his instructions.
Generic Name : Tramadol (TRAM a dol)
Brand Names : ConZip, Ultram
Tramadol is closely related to narcotic analgesics. It is used in cases of moderate to moderately severe pain. It basically works by affecting the brain and the messages it sends to the body regarding pain. It is taken by mouth every 4 to 6 hours or as directed by a doctor. It can be taken with food or without, but sometimes can cause nausea. In these cases it usually helps to take it with food. There are also some other methods for decreasing nausea.
The dosage set by the physician will depend on the patient’s condition and how they respond to the treatment program. Usually, the physician will start this medication at a very low dose and increase it gradually. This sometimes helps to reduce the risk of side effects. The absolute maximum dosage is 400 mg per day. As with all medications that are taken for pain relief it is best to take it as soon as the first signs of pain begin. If a person waits the pain can be worse and the medication will not work as effectively.