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If you've used Soma, please help others by adding your feedback. What would you tell your best friend about this product? Please remember that we do not give medical advice. That is for your local health care provider, who is familiar with your medical history.

Subj: Certain drugs stay in your system longer than others
Date: 9/29/2007
Please understand that I know that certain drugs stay in your body's system longer than others... an herb will stay longer because it attaches to fat...but chemicals break down at an alarming rate. I took 2 somas at 9 in the morning. I drug tested next day at 4 and I was negative for everything. It all depends on your height and other words, if ya got alot of fat, your junked...if you are tiny, you can flush out pretty fast. I like this feed back on here, but just tell it like it one is trying to get anyone to use drugs. Also, hydrocodone to a person that never uses it...24 hours and it's gone...that's just taken one or two and no more...

Subj: Usual withdrawal symptoms
Date: 10/2/2007
I was on approximately 30-45 soma a day. I weaned down to a few a day and now I am a couple days clean. I am having the usual withdrawal symptoms. How long does this usually last? Is there any danger with the severe withdrawals? I am starting to feel a little better. Hopefully it is all mind over matter.

AskDocWeb: Soma is gone from your system within two weeks and the withdrawal symptoms have not been reported to last longer than 4 weeks.

Subj: Weight gain is not making me happy
Date: 10/3/2007
Hi, I started taking soma after having back surgery June of 2007. I find that it really helps me but I don't like the fact that I have changed nothing else with my prescription meds and I am gaining weight. I have since gone back to work and the gym and I have noticed that I have put on 10 lbs. in a short amount of time. I am very discipline when it comes to my body and exercising and the weight gain is not making me happy. So I can only attribute the weight gain to the Soma because nothing else has changed in my life or been introduced. I was 120 when I went in for surgery and now 130.

I also have found that my sleeping is worse than it has ever been and I did noticed that Soma could be the contributing factor to this most definitely. I will do the "process of Elimination" and start with the Soma first to see if this is definitely causing me to gain the weight and maybe hopefully my sleep will be better.

Someone had written that they suffer from Levator ANI problem and have had numerous surgeries - but still is dealing with the pain from this. My suggestion to you would be look up Pudendal Nerve Entrapment - I had the surgery and it has really helped me. The levator ANI muscle is affected by this debilitating and very painful problem. Hope this info helps!

Subj: 4 Somas a day
Date: 10/9/2007
My Doctor put me on 4 Somas a day for back spasms. However, my husband just heard on love lines tonight that it is the hardest drug to quit mentally. What are the side effects I can expect after taking it for about half a year? Thank you very much in advance for your help!

AskDocWeb: You are unlikely to experience any new side effects after six months. Most of the side effects show up within the period of the first to the fourth dose.

Subj: Light headed and double vision
Date: 10/10/2007
I have taken 350 mg soma for about 5 years, following x2 back surgeries (l-4 L-5). I now will take Zydone maybe 2x day, some days none, but must take ambien cr at night because the pain pills keep me awake. Several times that I've taken Soma/Ambien I became light headed and double vision, having to get up from bed and wash my face with cold water. Is this amount of drugs to be considered dangerous for a 60 year old?

AskDocWeb: There does seem to be some cause for concern, please report this to your doctor.

Subj: Horrible
Date: 10/14/2007
I started using soma when I was about 16 and I'm 40 now. I became drug free about 1 and a half years ago. All I can really say is soma is a horrible life and if you don't wanna feel like a heroin addict stay away from it.

Subj: I hope this helps someone
Date: 10/18/2007
I started taking Soma 3 times a day for pain/spasms in my back due to scoliosis about two years ago. At first I took it as directed, but soon needed more for the medication to work. For a year I took about 6-8 per day. However, at some point in time my tolerance continued to build and I took more and more. I also expanded my use of Soma to treat insomnia, headaches, anxiety, etc. It worked, but I was like a zombie taking about 20 a day. One day I realized I was addicted (both physically and psychologically). I tried to go off it cold turkey and had severe pain, sweating, tremors, anxiety, vomiting, etc. Even weaning myself off was horrific. You have to go very slowly and even then it is tough. Fortunately, I decided that I could not do it by myself. I checked myself into a medical detox. Not only did they help control the withdrawal (although still unpleasant), but they provided counseling/groups during that time and intensive outpatient treatment afterward. I now have 87 days clean. Please, if you can manage your pain in any other way than with soma. I met numerous people also with the same addiction. It is very common. I hope this helps someone not to go down the road I traveled. It was hell. Best wishes.

Subj: Soma causes sleep
Date: 10/18/2007
I have used Soma 5 years to control pain from degenerative disc disease and scoliosis in the lower spine. Find it very beneficial for both. I must lie down for 2 or 3 hours after taking Soma as it causes sleep. Afterward, I am fine.

Subj: My situation with Soma
Date: 10/20/2007
From 1989 to 1992, I had a spine surgery each year. I was diagnosed with disc degeneration. My first surgery was L-3,4..4,5..and 5,S1. My second surgery was fusion of the same with stefy plates. My third surgery was a refusion, removing the hardware and replacing it with my own bone. My fourth surgery was a thoracic surgery of T-7,8..8,9 - having to go in like lung surgery and permanently removing 2 ribs to get to the spine. I was told that it was done that way because they could not go in at the back, being it was the most dangerous part of the spinal cord. The reason for the thoracic surgery was due to the numerous dissections of the lumbar causing misalignment of the thoracic spine. (so I was told by the surgeon).

Anyway, after my 4th surgery my Neurologist prescribed Soma and Baclofen. One of each 4 times a day. This combination of medication was a Godsend to me, because of the terrible muscle spasms I had from the surgeries. Even with all the surgeries, I had Chronic back and leg pain and still have it till this day, being told that it was due to the large amount of scar tissue I have and still have the disc degeneration and nerve damage. I was on this regiment of medication for 12 years until 2004.

In 2004 I was diagnosed with bilateral avascular necrosis of the hips. I had a right total hip replacement. At that time, without me knowing, my orthopedic surgeon asked my Neurologist to take me off of Soma. When I returned home from the hospital I called my neurologist for a new prescription for Soma and he informed me that I will not be getting it anymore. I was devastated. He said that since I was on 3 Percocet a day I could not take Soma. I was understanding of that. I had NO withdrawal symptoms from going off the Soma. I have now been on Percocet, 3 per day, for 3 years.

Now my question is, Soma is NOT a narcotic, but Percocet is, so why would I be taken off Soma, which helped me very much and put on an addictive narcotic in place of it for so long? Don't get me wrong, the Percocet helped me very much with my pain and I am not complaining, but I would much rather have the Soma instead. I just had my 5th back surgery, a severely ruptured disc L-2,3 but it was not fused. It has only been 2 weeks and I am still having severe muscle spasm and pain. I was sent home with more Percocet and then switched to Vicodin, which is what I am taking now. They also gave me Flexeril and told me to take 2 every 8 hours. I asked if I can have my Soma again and THIS surgeon said they don't prescribe Soma to their patients. The Flexeril caused me to have severe dry mouth and urinary retention, so I discontinued them.

I envy those of you who have doctors who prescribe Soma to you. I believe with all my heart that if you take them as prescribed, you will benefit and should have no worries of ever getting addicted to them. I plan on seeking different medical attention, after my first post-op visit to my present surgeon. I also need to revisit my neurologist and discuss my situation once again since I will no longer be on the percocet. I wish I knew where I can get better medical opinion. I will surely be looking. I hope this biography of my situation will help those of you reading it to better understand about Soma.

Subj: New Soma
Date: 10/23/2007
I was recently given the new soma 250 mg in sample packets from my MD. I have severe back problems and take percocet (only 2 a day if needed) to relieve the pain. Afraid of becoming addicted to them again, he suggested trying these for a MONTH and give him feedback and he would write me a prescription. Now I did receive relief and thought, "Wow this really works, I will ask him for a prescription for these when I go back..." WRONG! I began to have some of the most severe withdrawal symptoms that made me even consider entering rehab. I went years ago for a harmless little nerve pill called xanax...That withdrawal liked to have killed me. Rehabs are not the glamorous things we see on TV that all the stars frequent in Malibu Beach... And I have great insurance. My question is, can you experience withdrawal symptoms that severe only after one month supply? And why in the world would drug reps give this addictive drug to Docs to give out as samples? My heart felt like it was quivering, my arms felt dead, like I couldn't raise them up, sweating, chilling N,V,D, feelings of anxiety and impending doom. Paranoia, but no hallucinations like I did years ago with Xanax withdrawal...I could write a book on that one alone. I hope this message reaches those who even consider using it "just Once". Or had the crazy assumption that if your Doc gave it to you in a sample pack, "It must be ok."

AskDocWeb: The manufacturer says that withdrawal symptoms are rare.

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