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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: Wow
Date: 6/26/2005
I have read all of the feedback here about taking Soma and Wow, I can't believe this drug is legal. Last night I had to go to an intervention for a family member to get them to go into a rehab program because this person is addicted to Soma. If your doctor prescribes this to you, please do NOT take it. Since this person has started this about 2 years ago she is a completely different person. This medicine has caused her to have depression. She's forgetful, repeats things to you she gets incoherant. Holds her mouth open constantly, slurs her words has been in a car accident and couldn't remember it. She has uncontrolled twitching in her sleep. Sleeps with her eyes open. She says when she first takes it, it increases her sex drive. Worst of all she has two small children 7 and 8 months her seven year old has had to call his father crying because he can't wake his mommy up and several times has had to take care of his little sister because his moms out of it. I'm asking you please don't take this medicine. I don't believe in taking medicine for every little ache and pain just look what happens. Please think about it.

Subj: Trying to get off Soma
Date: 7/3/2005
Hi, I have been taking Soma for over 5 years now due to back pain. I recently had lower back fusion to correct a problem. I still am taking the medication along with Norco 10/325MG...the Soma is 350MG. I want to get off the stuff but when I try I experience pain...sweating, body-ache. Is there a way I can kick the "habit" without experiencing the withdrawals?

AskDocWeb: Take the advice of your doctor on getting off of Soma. He may want you to try an alternative medication or slowly wean you off of the soma.

Subj: Soma and weight gain?
Date: 7/18/2005
Does soma make you gain weight?

AskDocWeb: Weight gain was not listed as one of the side effects so it shouldn't.

Subj: Habit or hooked?
Date: 7/22/2005
I've been taking 6 soma a day for a year or two because of back problems. I started taking 2, then 3 then before I knew it I was taking 2 at a time 3 times a day. They're easy to get off the net and it does wonders for my back. I'd like to know if this can cause damage to my body. I don't seem to have much side affects. I get a little light headed for an hour or so and then I'm back to normal. I can stop with no withdrawals except spasms in my back. Does anybody have any info? I do find myself enjoying the first hour. It makes me feel great. I don't like that. It can be habit forming but not addicting.

AskDocWeb: That great feeling you get when you first take it should concern you more. That and the fact that you have to take more and more to get the same affect should tell you something. It is not just habit forming, according to the manufacturer it can become addicting. It can also cause liver problems and renal dysfunction.

Date: 7/23/2005
I have been taking Soma for over two years now. I have severe neck and back problems, which lead to chronic migraines, my dr. prescribed this for migraines and it took them away when nothing else worked. I never take over two a day, or as needed. I have noticed, that my vision is blurred a lot and sometimes I think it actually makes the muscles hurt more when it has worn off, but not always the case. I have also noticed trouble breathing at different times, related or not I do not know. I think if you use this drug wisely it is a wonderful thing. You really have to be wise enough not to let it control you. The person who is taking 7 at a time, must have a death wish that could slow your heart to the point of death! Take care folks and please use your head when it comes to drugs because your life was a gift use it wisely!

Date: 8/2/2005
Well after three accidents. Which effected my neck, back and foot. I take three soma's a day plus lorcet. Without the soma I get bad stomach cramps, a side effect I am sure but to suffer with the pain of the injuries is far worse! Taking the proper meds does bring back much quality to living. But to abuse them for a HIGH! Well that's just plain stupid! I guess there will always be those that do that, and doctors that profit from writing. The laws are getting inline to curb abuse. Which really is a good thing.

But for those of us that need those types of meds to function, it is becoming a joke! Some doctors are afraid to write for fear you might be abusing, can't blame them. So we wind up in a suffering circle of pain managers, and fearful doctors and paper work.

For you guys that are abusing these meds, think about those that really need them to function. And how hard you have made it on those in real need. Would you let your cat or dog suffer day in and day out? I doubt it! Hey you abusers. Don't worry, I will not take your job or life from you. So consider what you are doing to others by abusing soma and lorcet. GET A LIFE!

Subj: Overdosing?
Date: 8/14/2005
Well I took 5 somas plus 3 ativans and 3 or 4 valiums. They haven't caught up with me yet, But what I can tell you is this: It is very calming and soothing. Very relaxed, no worrying or things like that. Positive thoughts in my brain. I weigh 290 so maybe that's why I can tolerate this but who knows. Be careful about driving or drinking with this combination. You might lose you license. God Speed!

Subj: Soma
Date: 8/18/2005
I have taken Soma on and off now for about a year and a half due to a work related injury (knees, shoulder, ruptured disk). It did not seem to bother me initially but over the past 4 months or so I notice palpitations and agitation occurring when I took Soma to relieve spasms. I was also taking Ibuprofen 800 mg as an anti-inflammatory med. I questioned my Orthopedic Dr. and he did not feel the palpitations were coming from that drug.

In June the palpitations became so strong I had to go in to the Dr. on an urgent basis. I was checked in. My heart rate was elevated 120 above and my blood pressure was 140/110 and I was short of breath. I had an EKG which showed a little fast heart beat but no irregularities. A Holter was ordered. It showed several skipped beats but no irregularities. My doctor indicated that Soma may cause tachycardia (fast heart beat) and suggested that I stopped taking it, if I believed that my symptoms were being caused by the drug. I stopped taking it and felt like I was going through withdrawals. Everything within me felt agitated or anxious/excited. However, over the next 3-4 weeks, things normalized.

I also stopped using Ibuprofen unless I had to. When flare ups occurred, I started the Soma again, because I did not have anything else and the palpitations started again. I also introduced Ibuprofen. I don't know which caused the symptoms, but I am tossing Soma because without it, I do well taking the pain pill when I go in spasms. So be cautious.

Subj: About soma
Date: 9/10/2005
I have been taking soma for about 4 years now. I have arthritis in the hips and it causes muscle pain in the thighs. The soma works great at night, combined with an anti-inflamatory. However, I built up a tolerance and unfortunately discovered if you take soma with an antihistamine, you get a nice buzz. At one time I was up to taking 8 pills at once. WOW. I am grateful I had people that noticed this addiction so I stopped taking them. I am now able to limit myself to taking 1 or 2 at night only and I am doing great. BE CAREFUL. If you have an addictive personality, watch it.

Subj: Soma death
Date: 9/19/2005
My mother died taking soma. She was taking prozac, and vicodin and the combination with soma killed her in a matter of minutes!!! BEWARE of SOMA!! This is a very serious drug, it cannot be taken with most any other medications! Not to mention this is an addicting drug.

AskDocWeb: We am sorry for your loss and we appreciate you sharing your story. This points out how important it is for a doctor to be informed about all medications a patient is taking.

Subj: What is Soma?
Date: 9/30/2005
I have been taking Soma off and on for years. I use it mostly for muscle pain and also as an anxiety medication. I absolutely love it. I think it fixes just about anything wrong! I also have restless leg syndrome, and occasionally - even if I have taken my Soma - I get it very bad. Is this is a good medication for restless leg syndrome? My question is this - is there a link to Soma and water retention or weight gain. I have heard there is, but cannot find any information on that. Thanks!

AskDocWeb: Soma is a skeletal muscle relaxant (central-acting) for musculoskeletal conditions and won't help with the restless leg syndrome. It should not cause you to gain weight or retain water.

Subj: Soma withdrawal
Date: 10/3/2005
Long term use of high dose (due to tolerance) Soma withdrawal personal sx: extreme, violent vomiting, unbelievable headache-makes you wish for death, insomnia lasting up to 5 days, marked irritability and cognitive effects limited to withdrawal period. Now having chronic equilibrium problems wondering if they are related to long-term use? Hope this helps. Please advise on other.

AskDocWeb: We would say yes, if you were taking high doses for long term, there could be a relationship. Better seek your physician's advice on how to get through the cognitive effect.

Subj: Severe reactions
Date: 10/3/2005
I have severe reactions to meds period. Even just ibuprofen makes me sick and dizzy. I am scared to take the stuff. My doctor wants me to take one soma at night 350mg. I just had an allergic reaction to penicillin throat swelled and all that. Are there problems with taking half the pill?

AskDocWeb: As you have said, you have severe reactions to meds to begin with so you are taking a chance that you may not like the end result. However, your doctor knows that Soma is not in the same category as Penicillin or Ibuprofen. Follow your doctor's advice, he is the professional.

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