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Subj: Highly addictive
Date: 5/1/2008
Highly addictive. Difficult to detox from. This drug is ruining my life. I have decided to take control. My life depends on it.


Subj: Fast track approval?
Date: 5/2/2008
How old is this drug? Was it on the fast track for approval at the FDA?


AskDocWeb: Soma (carisoprodol) was first approved by the FDA in 1959, almost 50 years ago. I don’t know if the FDA had a fast track procedure back then or not. On September 13, 2007 the FDA approved a lower dose 250-mg tablet of soma made by MedPointe Pharmaceuticals.

Subj: Soma death
Date: 5/16/2008
My husband died of a soma overdose in January. He bought the meds online after being prescribed them by a psychiatrist. The marketing of this drug is unbelievably misleading. It is addictive, life-destroying, personality changing, mind-numbing poison. The companies that sell it seem to prey on people that are struggling and weak. After my husband’s death the online pharmacy called to see if he wanted more, and when I told them what had happened to him, they asked me if I would like to try some myself to help me relax and cope. This drug has very serious withdrawal symptoms which may require hospitalization/detox and I would beg anyone thinking of taking it to reconsider. It provides a slippery slope to fall down, and can be fatal.


Subj: Soma for fibromyalgia
Date: 5/19/2008
I have been taking soma for fibromyalgia and back pain. It is extremely beneficial and has alot less side effects than other muscle relaxers. You definitely build a tolerance up to it quickly though. It’s like awoner drug for fibromyalgia and myofiscial pain.


Subj: Very addictive
Date: 5/26/2008
I have used soma for muscle spasms and neck and back pain for a couple of years. The soma work great however, they are very addictive and they make me HUNGRY and I have gained a little weight while taking them. Please only take the recommended dosage as prescribed by your doctor!


Subj: Increase bleeding?
Date: 5/29/2008
Does Soma increase the risk of bleeding/ bruising with surgery. I have an elective procedure planned- Do I need to stop Soma 2 weeks prior? Thank you,


AskDocWeb: It is a good general rule that all medications and supplements that you are currently taking should be specifically cleared by your doctor prior to surgery. Soma frequent appears on lists of drugs that should be discontinued prior to surgery.

For those who are taking several medications, we recommend you carry a printed list of those drugs on your person at all times. This could aid in your treatment should you ever have an accident or require emergency care. Keep it next to your insurance card.

Subj: What do u think
Date: 5/30/2008
I took a Soma and Some Xanax the previous night before a drug screening. I have prescrptions for the xanax for my anxiety- and my friend told me to try the soma and it would help me better… I smoke marijuana but based on my high metabolism I am able to just take niacin and drink lots of water and usually I pass the screenings with no worries… In this situation I went to the facility- they already had the urine test there… I used a stat flush before comin in….The test came up to be inconclusive.. I brought my medication perscription with me and informed them. They then gave me three hours I took more niacin drank more water and I used another flush before going in… I’m thinkin that my test maybe inconclusive due to diluted urine- but usually with labcorp and big screening facilities they pass anyway. I am just concerned that the medication would show up even with all of my cleansing methods… what do u think (I know its a mouthful)


AskDocWeb: You should know that your metabolism varies over time. It is not something that is fixed at a certain rate. Eventually they will catch you at a time when your metabolism is at a low point and your lab test will show up positive.

Subj: Xanax makes me lethargic and have lots of amnesia
Date: 5/30/2008
I have taken soma for 6 years and like most people have increased my dosage. Between migrains, hernited disk and MS. My health has improved. But I also found that taking soma with my xanax makes me lethargic and have lots of amnesia. I have fallen so many times and not remembered, gone to work and not remember the next day what I did. Drive and that scary because I have no idea what ‘m doing. Soma is a good drug, but be very careful.


Subj: I built up a tolerance
Date: 6/3/2008
I use soma, and was suppose to be taking one at a time, but I built up a tolerance, so now I take 3. This website has scared me into weaning back down. I don’t want to die.


Subj: Legal drug addict
Date: 6/11/2008
My husband was put on soma 11 years ago after back surgery. I feel them doctors made him a legal drug addict. He takes them with loricets. His excuse is he’s in pain. I have seen him do things a man in great health can’t do and not complain. He loves them. He lies about them and has cause me and my daughter to not go anywhere with him. He is on his fourth DUI for this. I have left him many times but I love him and know the man he can be. I have read many things on this and have tried to have him committed for his problem but they won’t take him with out his consent. He will lose his job if he misses too much work. Most of the men he works with do the same. I have prayed and prayed for him. I guess I am asking in the wrong way. I need help from people how have over come this. Everything I have read fits him to a T. PLEASE help me help him before he hurts or KILLS some one. Thank you for reading this.


Subj: Restless leg syndrome (RLS)
Date: 6/28/2008
I’ve been taking Soma as a muscle relaxant after having a spinal fusion surgery, but I’ve found it makes me have severe restless leg syndrome. Why is this happening? Is there any way to reduce the RLS?


AskDocWeb: Restless leg syndrome (RLS) is not listed as a side effect of Soma. Your doctor may prescribe Mirapex or Requip for treating RLS.

Subj: Cold turkey?
Date: 7/2/2008
Help. I take up to 30 soma a day. I have gone cold turkey. My husband does not understand the side effects of going cold turkey. Do I need more help?


AskDocWeb: We suggest that you talk this over with your doctor. He may have specific directions that would make this easier for you.

Subj: This is what happened to me
Date: 7/17/2008
I have used soma for over 7 years due to osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia and severe muscle spasms. I often took much more than ordered and this is what happened to me. Slurred speech, not understanding what people were saying, staggering gait, seizure like episodes. If my prescription ran out, I had absolutely no physical withdrawal symptoms. I’d simply wait until my prescription was due again and get it refilled. It is a dangerous drug and too often prescribed. I just threw out my pills, had an honest talk with my physician and won’t be taking it again. I’m sure I could have died from this stuff. Be very careful.


Subj: Neck pain Carisoprodol Emu oil
Date: 7/19/2008
I’ve been taking carisoprodol for about 2 years off and on for my neck pain (degeneritive disc disease) I have basically no disc between C5 and C6, bone on bone. I get an intense clicking noise and exteme muscle pain and tightness. I take 2-4 350mg a day, this drug works very well, I can lead an almost normal life again. I can see how this drug could be addictive, they make you feel good. But I can stop taking them for days no problem and I have never had any withdrawl symptoms when I stop taking them. I will give all you chronic pain people some advice. EMU OIL, its natural you rub it directly on your problem area and it works! you can order it online for about 12 bucks, 2oz bottle. try it, it takes a few days to notice its affect so use it for a week or two before you give up on it. I hope this helps someone.


Subj: Soma muscle relaxer
Date: 7/21/2008
I am a little confuse as to the exact function of Soma. I understand it is a muscle relaxant and it has worked incredibly well thus far in relieving my SI joint pain. However, am I doing my body harm by taking Soma and then going about my day without the pain? It may sound absurd, but won’t the Soma stop me from realizing if I am over stretching my ligaments during exercises, or if I am bending the wrong way? Don’t I need to feel the pain to stop myself from furthering the underlining condition? Thank you for your time and expertise.


AskDocWeb: The pain relief you get is a result of the relaxation of skeletal muscles. Soma does not cover up or deaden the pain, it gets rid of the cause. If you overdo it you will still feel the pain.

Subj: Slowly increasing the quantity
Date: 7/29/2008
I’ve been taking soma regularly for apx 8 months and slowly increasing the quantity. It does fix the pain for my broken neck/whiplash injury but I’m concerned about long-term effects. I’m up to about 10 a day @ 350 mg. Any concerns?


AskDocWeb: The recommended dosage of Soma ranges from 250 mg to 350 mg three times a day and at bedtime. The recommended maximum duration of SOMA use is up to two or three weeks. Overdosing can produce serious side effects such as difficulty breathing, fever, severe weakness, changes in vision, swelling or skin rash, closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; paralysis; extreme agitation or tremor; red, black, or bloody stools; or blood in your vomit. If you experience any of these, you should seek emergency medical attention.

Subj: Soma and pregnancy
Date: 8/7/2008
I am 8 weeks pregnant and I have taken Somas recently. Is there any reason for concern?


AskDocWeb: Please talk with your doctor about the benefits and risks of using Soma while pregnant. Soma is a category C drug, which means that it should only be used if the benefits outweigh the risks.

Subj: Took way to many!
Date: 8/10/2008
Soma taken responsibly is fine- not terribly addicting to most people- however, bear in mind it does contain small amounts of codine (sp?) which in itself is addicting- I know of at least 2 people (in their 60’s) who have taken soma for years- and are most certainly addicted. I, myself took it for at least a year- and took way to many! I would polish off a bottle of 90 in a matter of a week- withdrawls were little to none since I would take them for a week then be off for a week – I’d be tense for a day – like drinking too much coffee, that’s about it…problem lied in forgetting things, even though I could function as normal (but with a great relaxation) I was very very forgetful! in addition- I would take 4 and then 30 minutes later want 4 more, never in my life have I taken a drug that made you want to just continue taking them all day long!

I have severe skeletal injuries from youth including a malformed spine and have taken many narcotics including many opiates- this is very very different in it’s Phycological dependance much more than the physical- I took it once for several months straight and still had no more physical symptoms once stopping (cold turkey) than taking it for a week, little to none…its far easier than something like tramadol or hydro…and yes, I group them together – when I stopped taking tramadol I thought I was going to die for at least 10 days- no sleep, I felt like I wanted to shred my skin…if there is anything to stay away from its that stuff!!! (sorry, off topic)
I guess my point is this: if Soma helps you and you can keep to the correct dosage- go for it! chronic pain is a reality and it is far less harmful than its cousins, even including the much prescribed flexoril, now that is poison- causes seizures even in small doses and even with no history or predisposition of such, I took the recommended dose on that and my MD tried to tell me it wont cause seizures unless you are prone to them…BULLSH*%


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