You must take Soma exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these directions ask him to explain them to you again. It is good to take each dose with a full glass of water. The maximum amount of Soma you should take in one day is 1,400 mg or 4 tablets.
If you miss one dose of Soma you must take it as soon as you remember. But never take a double dose of Soma. Keep your doses at least 4 hours apart from one another.
If you overdose, seek emergency medical attention. Symptoms of Soma overdose include headache, ringing in the ears, dim vision, nausea, vomiting, increased thirst, low blood pressure, decreased breathing and even unconsciousness.
Before taking Soma you must tell your doctor if you have kidney liver disease, an ulcer in your stomach or intestines, a bleeding or blood-clotting disorder, urinary retention, an enlarged prostate, hypothyroidism or anything you think you must to tell him. If you have any of these conditions you may not be able to take Soma, or you may require a lower dose or special monitoring during treatment. Do not take aspirin and Soma without first consulting with your doctor if you are pregnant or you are breast-feeding a baby.
Many other medicines can increase the effects of Soma and lead to heavy sedation. Before taking this medication you must tell your doctor if you are taking any of these medicines – brompheniramine, chlorpheniramine, azatadine, clemastine and many others. Do not take Soma if you have acute intermittent porphyria. Codeine is habit forming and should only be used under close supervision.
Children younger than 12 years of age cannot take Soma.