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Subj: Numb all over
Date: 2/29/2008
I’m a pain killer person myself but when I don’t have those I will take somas. They make me feel numb all over, is it supposed to do that?


AskDocWeb: Absolutely NOT, please discuss this with your doctor.

Subj: No Problem
Date: 2/29/2008
I stumbled across this forum while doing a search for Soma side effects. I must say that it is stunning to see the number of folks who have had addiction problems with this drug. Back in the late 90’s I took this drug 1 tablet 3 times per day. It worked wonders, and when my problem was resolved and it was time to go off the medication I had absolutely no problem. The other day I was prescribed this drug again, one tablet 3 times per day. I’ve had serious rib pain for about a year, the doctor feels it’s intercostal muscle pain. I tried Flexeril, no good. He put me on Soma and I’ve been comfortable for the first time in what seems like ages. He also prescribed physical therapy. He figures I’ll be on Soma for a couple of months. I don’t anticipate problems, having had experience with it before. You people that abuse your meds are violating the trust of your physician. And you are making life difficult for those who have chronic pain problems. You should be ashamed of yourselves.


Subj: I’m addicted
Date: 3/2/2008
I have a question for all the people who take 20 pills per day… How do you get your hands on 600 pills a month! I am alot like most of these posts. I have been taking soma for lower back pain for 4 years. Slowly over the years my intake has become more and more. I can get 60 tabs per month now, and I can down the whole 60 in 3 1/2 days. But the rest of the month I am dry, until I can get me RX filled again. I’d have to say I’m addicted, and if I could get 600 pills a month I would probably take them. I just realized on this last bottle of pills I was taking 17 to 18 per day… Way too much. I like the way they make me feel… I am a recovering alcoholic for 15 years, and just recently quit smoking, three years ago. It’s like these pills have filled in for the cigarettes. I just seem to be doomed to be addicted to something, no matter what? I don’t feel to bad about the somas, but after reading all the posts here I am realizing this is serious.


Subj: A wake up call?
Date: 3/3/2008
I have a beautiful 20 year old granddaughter that I raised from a baby till 15. She left and went to live with her mother where she got involved with drugs and addicted to somas and takes as many as 10-12 at a time, I have not seen her when she does this but a friend that saw her that she faints and is like she is in a comma and even foams at her mouth. I am so worried about her and have talk till I can talk no more and have beg her to come back and let me help her. I have tried to explain to her that her heart can only take so much and then it will eventually give up. This child was a strait A student and was active in 4-H going to national and placing 1st in giving an oral demonstration. She has so much potential and I need to get some answers can you please tell me a site that I can go to, to find more info? She is in jail right now and has 45 more days to go and has been going through withdrawals and I have been writing her everyday and I want to print out some info to send to her for her to read to see what this is doing to her body and give her a wake up call. Can you please help me?


AskDocWeb: Drug addiction is a complex issue and you likely need more than just something printed for a wake up call. Contact your local drug rehab center for the help of medical professionals. Addicts must be detoxified under the supervision of qualified medical professionals without exception.

Subj: Soma made me groggy, listless, forgetful
Date: 3/5/2008
I agree with everyone who has witnessed or experienced problems with Soma. After two car accidents in one day–no I wasn’t driving–my voice teacher began to notice I couldn’t open my mouth properly and I stopped my lessons. About two years ago, the pain in my right jaw was so bad it was painful to talk and I tried massage therapy within the mouth, splints, chiropractic treatments and ibuprobfen. Finally, my doctor put me on vicodin not to exceed 3 times a day. That worked for a year and a half until he decided I should likely see a pain management specialist. He found herniated discs in my back along with a tear which “could be leaking spinal fluid and causing the pain.” He sent me to PT, which didn’t work, for more than a few days. I then ended up seeing a variety of oral surgeons, all of whom agreed I had TMJ and gave me various treatments but didn’t want to run the risk of surgery. I felt like a ping-pong ball and gave up, returning to my PCP. He ordered Soma as he said the government was cracking down on narcotics. Soma made me groggy, listless, forgetful and was just an awful drug. I would never recommend it. I am frustrated that a treatment that worked and allowed me to feel good, productive and like myself–oh, and able to talk–is under such scrutiny. Older doctors have told me they manage patients on vicodin by limiting their prescriptions to whatever is appropriate and I always followed those limits. It’s just very frustrating to live with this TMJ with no options anymore. I do not drink nor smoke nor have an addictive personality: I just want some relief from pain.


Subj: Positive for Soma and alcohol
Date: 3/5/2008
On a drug screen test. I came back positive for Soma and alcohol. I had not taken in any alcohol for 24 hours and I had never even heard of soma until the test results came back. I took advil, and I don’t surely remember but I could have taken some cold medicine.


Subj: Gained weight
Date: 3/5/2008
Yikes! This scares me. I have been taking Soma for years. I take about 10 a day in increments of 1 to 1 1/2 or just 1/2 tab many times a day. I like it. It makes me feel “normal” whatever that is? I have tried all the seretonin things etc. This seems to work. I have stopped taking it when I drove across country and no side effects to speak of. Maybe a little agitation. But now my right side hurts just below the rib and I am sure I have probably screwed up my liver or worse. The doc says it’s a liver cyst, and common. He says the soma is better than most of the anti anxiety drugs if it works but obviously it would be better if I took nothing. I have gained weight as I am “more relaxed” all the time and therefore eat. I would prefer to take nothing and hope to reach that goal. We’ll see. I have had friends tell me they get “crazy” on soma; however, I have not experienced that. It actually decreased my heart palpitations and slowed my heart down. So good luck to everyone on their quest for health!


Subj: Underlying cause of the seizures?
Date: 3/6/2008
My neurologist prescribed Soma to help alleviate the severe backpain I have as result of 2 car accidents I was in. I only take one 350mg tablet at night before going to bed, and it remains the only medication that has been able to make the pain more tolerable. However, before the medication was prescribed, I had 2 seizures that my neurologist knew about. He ordered an EEG test to check if there was any neurological trauma evident as a result of the auto accidents I was in. The first EEG results showed a sharp wave discharge in my left temporal lobe. The report said that if seizures were suspected, the doctor should order a sleep-deprived EEG. After taking a sleep-deprived EEG, the test results came back normal. My neurologist said I had nothing to worry about, and later prescribed Soma to alleviate some of the back pain. I read the pharmaceutical pamphlet word-for-word and had no idea that it had the potential to cause seizures. Because the pharmacy only lists the most common side-effects, I had no idea about the horrors this drug can cause! More importantly, I just had my 3rd seizure episode four days ago…and now I am unsure if the seizure is evidence of neurological trauma related to the accident or a very severe side-effect of this potent drug. The neurologist seemed to believe that the first 2 seizures were a fluke, and under normal circumstances, would be forced to reconsider that analysis after having a 3rd seizure just a few days ago. However, I don’t think even my neurologist cared enough to research that Soma can increase the risk of having seizures. Now I face the potential diagnosis of epilepsy without knowing if it was a result of the accident trauma or if the third seizure was just a result of the medication. Is it possible that Soma can produce this effect of seizures after taking it for only the duration of one month, at 350mg per night? Most of what I have read in regards to these side effects suggest that most people only experience seizures after taking Soma for several years. Do you have any recommendations that might help unearth the underlying cause of the seizures? Would you suggest heeding another neurologist’s opinion based on his mistake of prescribing this drug – knowing my potential for seizures? Thanks for your time reading this, and any commentary will be beneficial in this aspect.


AskDocWeb: Unfortunately after having two seizures, the chance of having more is 80 to 90 percent. It sounds like you might want a second opinion after a full neurological examination. As you can see by the list below the causes of seizures are many and you need professional medical help to sort it out. The possible underlying cause of seizures include:

  • 6-Pyruvoyl tetrahydropterin synthase deficiency
  • Absence seizure
  • Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis
  • Acute intermittent porphyria
  • Adenylosuccinate lyase deficiency
  • Aicardi Goutieres syndrome
  • Aicardi’s syndrome
  • Alcohol withdrawal syndrome
  • Alexander disease
  • Alpers disease
  • Alpha-L-iduronidase deficiency
  • Aluminium (dialysis related) toxicity
  • Aminomethyltransferase deficiency
  • Aminophylline
  • Amitriptyline
  • Amphotericin B
  • Angelman’s syndrome
  • Arginase deficiency
  • Arginosuccinate synthetase deficiency
  • Asphyxiation
  • Athabaskan brain stem dysgenesis
  • Benign familial infantile convulsions
  • Benign neonatal epilepsy
  • Benign Rolandic epilepsy
  • Bicuculline
  • Bifunctional peroxisomal enzyme deficiency
  • Birth hypoxia
  • Borjeson-Forssman-Lehmann syndrome
  • Bupivacaine
  • Bupropion
  • Carbohydrate deficient glycoprotein syndrome type 1a
  • Carbon monoxide toxicity
  • Carbon tetrachloride
  • Cavernous haemangioma
  • Cerebellar dyssynergia
  • Cerebral venous sinus thrombosis
  • Cerebrohepatorenal syndrome
  • Ceroid lipofuscinosis neuronal 2 late infantile
  • Ceroid lipofuscinosis neuronal type 8
  • Ceroid lipofuscinosis, neuronal 1, infantile
  • Ceroid lipofuscinosis, neuronal 3, juvenile
  • Ceroid lipofuscinosis, neuronal 4
  • Chester porphyria
  • Chloroquine
  • Chromosome 12p tetrasomy syndrome
  • Chromosome 7q deletion syndrome
  • Ciprofloxacin
  • Cocaine
  • Congenital muscular dystrophy, autosomal recessive
  • Coproporphyria, hereditary
  • Corpus callosum agenesis type 2
  • Crome syndrome
  • Cyanides
  • Cycloserine
  • Cystathionine beta-synthase deficiency
  • Cysticercosis
  • D-glycerate kinase deficiency
  • Dentatorubropallidoluysian degeneration
  • Desipramine
  • Diffuse sclerosis of Schilder
  • Dihydropteridine reductase deficiency
  • Dihydropyrimidine dehydrogenase deficiency
  • Dothiepin
  • Dyke-Davidoff-Masson syndrome
  • Eclampsia
  • Endometriosis
  • Epidermal naevus syndrome
  • Epidural haemorrhage
  • Epilepsy, primary
  • Erythropoietin
  • Fat embolism
  • Febrile convulsion
  • Fructose intolerance
  • Fryns syndrome 2
  • Fukuyama congenital muscular dystrophy
  • Fumarase deficiency
  • Gabapentin
  • Galactosialidosis
  • Gamma hydroxybutyrate
  • Generalized gangliosidosis GM1
  • Giant axonal neuropathy
  • Glucose transporter type 1 deficiency
  • Glutathione synthase deficiency
  • Glycerol kinase deficiency
  • Glycine decarboxylase deficiency
  • GM1 gangliosidosis, type 2
  • GM2 gangliosidosis type AB
  • Griscelli syndrome type 2
  • Guanidinoacetate methyltransferase deficiency
  • Hallervorden-Spatz disease
  • Hartnup’s disease
  • Haw River syndrome
  • Hypocalcaemia
  • Hypoglycaemia
  • Hypomagnesemia
  • Hyponatraemia
  • Hypophosphataemia
  • I-cell disease
  • Imipenem
  • Intracranial abscess / granuloma
  • Intracranial arteriovenous malformation
  • Intracranial space-occupying lesion
  • Intraspinal abscess / granuloma
  • Intraventricular haemorrhage
  • Isoniazid
  • Kohlschutter syndrome
  • Lafora body disease
  • Landau-Kleffner syndrome
  • Lead
  • Lennox-Gastaut syndrome
  • Lidocaine
  • Lithium
  • Malaria
  • Malaria (malignant tertian)
  • Malignant hypertension
  • Malonyl-CoA decarboxylase deficiency
  • Maple syrup urine disease
  • McLeod neuroacanthocytosis syndrome
  • Mefenamic acid
  • Mefloquine
  • Meningioma
  • Meningoencephalitis
  • Menke disease
  • Methionine malabsorption
  • Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase deficiency
  • Microphthalmia-dermal aplasia-sclerocornea syndrome
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Muscle-eye-brain disease
  • Nalidixic acid
  • Nasu-Hakola disease
  • Neonatal hypoglycaemia
  • Neurocysticercosis
  • Neurofibromatosis type 1
  • Nikethamide
  • Norfloxacin
  • Nortriptyline
  • Oculocerebrocutaneous syndrome
  • Ohtahara syndrome
  • Ornithine carbamyltransferase deficiency
  • Paraneoplastic limbic encephalitis
  • Parry-Romberg syndrome
  • Peroxisomal acyl-CoA oxidase deficiency
  • Phosphoethanolaminuria
  • Polyarteritis nodosa
  • Porphobilinogen synthase deficiency
  • Posterior leucoencephalopathy syndrome
  • Progressive encephalopathy-edema-hypsarrhythmia-optic atrophy syndrome
  • Pyruvate dehydrogenase deficiency
  • Rabies
  • Ramon syndrome
  • Ramsay Hunt syndrome
  • Rasmussen encephalitis
  • Recessive deafness-onychodystrophy-osteodystrophy-retardation syndrome
  • Renal failure, chronic
  • Respiratory failure
  • Rett syndrome
  • Romano-Ward syndrome
  • Rubinstein-Taybi syndrome
  • Rud’s syndrome
  • Salaam attacks
  • Salla disease
  • Sandhoff’s disease
  • Sanjad-Sakati syndrome
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Schistosoma japonicum
  • Schizencephaly
  • Seemanova-Lesny syndrome
  • Seitelberger’s disease
  • Severe myoclonic epilepsy in infancy
  • Sialidosis type 1
  • Sickle cell crisis (thrombotic)
  • Sjogren-Larsson syndrome
  • Sotos syndrome
  • Sphingomyelinase deficiency
  • Strychnine
  • Sturge-Weber syndrome
  • Subdural haemorrhage
  • Succinic semialdehyde dehydrogenase deficiency
  • Sulphite oxidase deficiency
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus
  • Takayasu’s arteritis
  • Tay-Sachs disease
  • Temporal lobe epilepsy
  • Thebaine
  • Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura
  • Toxoplasma, congenital
  • Tramadol
  • Tuberous sclerosis
  • Tyrosinaemia type 2
  • Unverricht-Lundborg syndrome
  • Van der Knaap disease
  • Vertebrobasilar dolichoectasia
  • Walker-Warburg syndrome
  • Water hemlock poisoning
  • Worster-Drought syndrome
  • X-linked mental retardation 1
  • X-linked periventricular heterotopia
  • Zunich neuroectodermal syndrome

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