Volume 20, Issue 1 (January 1975)
Carisoprodol-Related Death in a Child
Carisoprodol (N-isopropyl-2-methyl-2-propyl-1,3-propanediol dicarbamate), a congener of meprobramate, is recommended by its manufacturers as a centrally acting musculoskeletal relaxant with mild anticholinergic, antipyretic, and analgesic properties. Many authorities maintain that the beneficial effects of carisoprodol noted in the treatment of patients with muscle spasm of local origin are related more to modification of central pain perception than they are to muscle relaxant properties [1,2]. Drowsiness, vertigo, weakness, and lassitude have accompanied carisoprodol therapy, but these adverse effects occur infrequently in adults who are taking recommended dosages of 250 or 350 mg four times daily .