First of all, since the effectiveness and safety of Soma has not been tested and explored in children under sixteen years of age and seniors who are over sixty five, it is not recommended that patients who belong to these two groups use Soma as their treatment.
Soma may also rarely harm an unborn baby and that is why it is not recommended for use during pregnancy. It also passes into breast milk and may potentially have some effects on the nursing baby, so in case you are breastfeeding, you should consult your doctor before starting the treatment.
When it comes to some health conditions that Soma may somehow affect, you should inform your doctor in cases you are allergic to meprobamate or you have any other allergies, you have had any unusual reactions to carisoprodol, the active ingredient of Soma, or you suffer from acute intermittent porphyria, which is a kind of a metabolic disorder. Further on, concerning your medical history, you should tell your doctor if you have ever suffered from any kind of problems with your kidneys or liver, if you have a history of alcohol or drug abuse, if you have asthma or seizure disorder.
As for the interaction of Soma with some other medications, there are some drugs that may potentially interact with it. For example, armodafinil may change Soma’s effectiveness and side effects, barbiturates and benzodiazepines may also increase the risk of side effects, carbamazepine may decrease the level of Soma in your blood and thus decrease its effectiveness, some antibiotics may either increase or decrease its effectiveness and opiates and narcotics, as well as some sleep medications can also increase the risk of side effects and some serious ones as well. If you take any of these or if you take any other drugs at all make sure to inform your doctor about it. It will probably be able to take Soma after all, but in lowered dosages.
Alcohol may also interact with Soma and increase the risk of side effects. Some serious ones may occur as well, so you should avoid drinking alcohol while you are on Soma treatment.
All in all, there are certain restriction on who should and who should not take Soma. Now that you have all this information on mind, make sure that you inform your doctor about any medications that you take as well as about your drinking habits. There are only a few conditions which will prevent you from taking Soma. Otherwise, you will only need to take lower dosages and Soma will still be able to help you.