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Q: effects of medication on the body ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: effects of medication on the body
Category: Health > Medicine
Asked by: lenman-ga
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Posted: 01 Jan 2003 18:56 PST
Expires: 31 Jan 2003 18:56 PST
Question ID: 136208
I would like to find out the process of chemical breakdown in the body
two medications that I take: Lorcet 10/650 and Soma 350 mg.
To be more specific,How long does it generally take for the
medications to completely dissolve(enter the bloodstream). How long
will the effect last on both medications?
I am a 38 year old male, 5'9" weighing 240 pounds.

Thank you in advance for your help. This is my first time trying
GoogleAnswers so please excuse me if my terminology or format of the
question is a bit,,rookie-ish.
Subject: Re: effects of medication on the body
Answered By: kevinmd-ga on 01 Jan 2003 22:49 PST
Rated:4 out of 5 stars
Thanks for asking your question.  You asked the following:
"How long does it generally take for the medications to completely
dissolve(enter the bloodstream). How long will the effect last on both

This information is from the Drug Information Handbook.

1) Soma (carisoprodol)
"Onset of action: ~30 minutes 
Duration: 4-6 hours
MECHANISM OF ACTION — Precise mechanism is not yet clear, but many
effects have been ascribed to its central depressant actions." (1)

2) Lorcet (hydrocodone and acetaminophen)
"Onset of action: 10-20 minutes 
Duration: 4-8 hours
MECHANISM OF ACTION Based on hydrocodone component: Binds to opiate
receptors in the CNS, altering the perception of and response to pain;
suppresses cough in medullary center; produces generalized CNS
depression." (1)

"Onset of action: <1 hour 
Duration: 4-6 hours
MECHANISM OF ACTION — Inhibits the synthesis of prostaglandins in the
central nervous system and peripherally blocks pain impulse
generation; produces antipyresis from inhibition of hypothalamic
heat-regulating center." (1)

Please use any answer clarification before rating this answer. I will
be happy to explain or expand on any issue you may have.    
Kevin, M.D.      
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No internet search engine was used in this research. All sources were
from objective, peer reviewed sources.    

1) Lacy, C. Drug information handbook. Lexi-Comp, Inc., 2002.
lenman-ga rated this answer:4 out of 5 stars
Very concise. The answer completely covered all aspects of my
question. This was my first time using Google Answers and,
judging by response time and specificity of my question/answer, I will
not hesitate to use this service again.
Thank you very much.

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