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Subj: Soma and xanax?
Date: 10/19/2008
I take a quarter of one of the white xanax bars every now and then to help me relax because I tend to worry alot.. my questions is, can you take 1 soma 5 to 6 hours after taking that dosage of xanax? Or is it a bad idea to mix the two at all? Thanks,


AskDocWeb: These two drugs have a high potential for interaction. Taking Xanax with a centrally acting muscle relaxant such as Soma may cause problems with your breathing and is usually not recommended, but it may be required in some cases. To use both medicines together, your doctor may change the dose or how often you use one or both of the medications. It is important to tell your doctor about all other medicines that you are using. If you have trouble breathing, have very slow breathing, feel short of breath, or have pale or blue lips, fingernails, or skin, call your doctor.

Subj: Muscle convulsions or leg cramps?
Date: 10/31/2008
Dear Readers, I have been taking Soma for two years, which were prescribed for muscle spasms. Often but not always I take them as prescribed. Sometimes I only use it as needed, but have experienced addictive tendancies towards this drug. It does help with certain types of muscle pains, but is actually more effective with alleviating anxiety, and helping me sleep. If I run out of my prescription before it can be filled I get headaches, and weakness. Overall, If the drug is taken as prescribed, I believe it helps with numerous issues from back pain, to headaches, sleeping and stress. My question is this: Has anyone taking Soma experienced muscle convulsions or leg cramps within an hour of taking it? Is this normal?

Girl from Oregon

AskDocWeb: You may want to discuss this with your doctor because that is not normal. It is not listed as a side effect, symptom of an overdose, or even an allergic reaction.

Date: 11/2/2008
I just spent the whole night and morning in the ER for accidental overdose (even though I knew what I was doing. Took 1 Soma at 4pm, took 2 at 8 PM, two at 11 and finally the ones that sent me over the edge, 2 more at 12;30 AM. this WAS A HORRIBLE EXPERIENCE! I was in shock, unresponsive, I don’t remember the paramedics, the ride, but I do remember the charcoal. I don’t know what in the hell I was thinking other than getting comfortable enough to sleep. Please be careful.


Subj: Injured finger
Date: 11/12/2008
Hello, Best website for info, very thorough and direct. Left middle finger injured on PIP and underneath, in Oct. 2008. Doc gave me Flexiril and Feldene for 2 months, then wants me on Soma. After reading most of the feedback’s not sure if I want to take any. Not one to take pills, not even aspirin. I take vitamins. After using hand at work, I am ok, only when relaxed at nite while at home, it gets tight and stiffens up and in morning upon awaking. Is there anything else I can take that is not addicting or maybe I should only take 1/2? I work different shifts and drive forklifts, so I would really like to try something else.

Every feedback story I have read is about people that have been on it for quite a long time, for more serious injuries than myself. I do realize that finger injuries can take a long time to heal, but I refuse to take pain pills that will put me out to a certain degree. So to everyone who reads this, do more research, and get something else, or look into other options! Thank you, Blessed Be!


AskDocWeb: As you know, there are many over-the-counter pain products but there are also other ways to manage pain. For example ice has long been used to reduce swelling. If your injury is throbbing, just elevating or raising it over your head will reduce the blood pressure and provide some relief. Aspirin and Ibuprofen are not addictive.

Subj: How long will it take
Date: 11/17/2008
I came here to find answers! My wife, has been hooked for a few years now, (back issues). I stopped the docs from prescribing her the drug (SOMA), but you can get this stuff online with no problem, I can’t understand that. She was trying to be discreet about it, but I always knew when she was messed up. Now she is trying to quit (cold turkey) and after 5 days, she is crashing, yes, her body wants it. I’m trying to find out how long will it take to finally be rid of it, out of her system? She is my wife through thick & thin!


AskDocWeb: The Soma should be completely out of her system within two weeks however, there may also be a psychological dependence. If there is any time for pampering it is now. Give her lots of tender loving care and support.

Subj: Liver disease?
Date: 11/17/2008
I have been on soma since my near fatal auto accident in 1994 I take 2 soma pills 4 times a day… I currently found out my liver count was high at 247 can soma cause liver disease??? What are my options?


AskDocWeb: If your liver is healthy to begin with then you should be okay. It’s only when there are liver problems to begin with that may cause complications. Soma hasn’t been known to cause any problems with a healthy liver.

Subj: Long term soma use
Date: 11/18/2008
In response to the questions regarding long term soma use, I have some info. I have been on soma since July of 2003, so over 5 years. I take it in conjunction with Vicodin. I abused both, taking at one point 25 ES Vicodin and 12-14 soma per day. Presently I only take soma and vicodin 3 days out of every three weeks. But at 16 Vicodin and 10-12 soma per day. Here’s what I’ve noticed. Over time I have become increasing forgetful and my thinking is definitely strange. I look back on some of my actions and thoughts while on meds and it’s almost like a different person. And a STRANGE person at that. It’s still having more and more of an effect despite only taking it 3 days out of every 3 weeks. So I hope that helps you for what it’s worth. My experience with soma tells me I have to kick it for good and I’d suggest anyone else out there on it for more that a few weeks should throw it out too.


Subj: Unknown cause of death
Date: 11/20/2008
My sister-in-law died at age 33. The cause of death listed on autopsy was “Unknown” She was found in hotel room on the floor. She was addicted to pain pills (hydro, oxy, etc) took xanax, soma, and tramadol. Her father had died a week before and she didnt even know she missed the funeral. My question is. Could she have overdosed and they didnt see it during autosy, another words the drugs could have built up in her system. Or could she have ran out of certain medication and it caused death. I do know her words were always slurred and she would accasionally be in a stupor. But My brother and her seperated and she was in a different state so we aren’t sure what happened. The “unknown” at 33 is killing me.

AskDocWeb: Any overdose should have shown up during the autopsy. Unfortunately any speculation on our part would only be that, speculation. You do have our deepest sympathy.

Subj: Soma with adderall?
Date: 11/20/2008
Can I take soma with adderall?


AskDocWeb: We didn’t find any drug interactions between Adderall and Soma but there is a caution note about using Adderall (dextroamphetamine) and eating acidic foods. Doing so may change the amount of Adderall in your blood. Using Adderall and eating acidic foods is not recommended. Acidic foods include but are not limited to citrus fruits, citrus juices, corn, beans, and olives.

Subj: Effect on liver enzymes
Date: 11/22/2008
My dad has Hep. C and he was woundering if Somas can cause his liver enzymes to go low or high?

AskDocWeb: It’s possible that they may go high for awhile but according to the FDA that elevation is reversible and the levels return to normal when Soma is discontinued.

Subj: Addicted to Soma
Date: 11/25/2008
I’m addicted to Soma, and have been for many years. It was never prescribed; I originally bought a bottle of 500 at a pharmacy in Tijuana and loved the effect. In the beginning, 5 pills were perfect— I felt euphoric. Then, I found out I could order Soma online and for years have been doing so. Now, it takes at least 20 at a time to get the effect I want. I’ve wound up in the emergency room for seizures several times. I checked myself into rehab for 60 days at one point, but a few weeks in, I was secretly planning to resume taking the drug when I got out. When I had a bad seizure once in front of a friend, he called 911 and the next day took me to a neurologist. The neurologist (without laying a hand on me, without taking a blood sample) determined that I suffered from epilepsy. Ever since then, I’ve been on Depakote for epilepsy, even though I’m quite sure I don’t have it; I just didn’t tell the doctor I was really a drug addict). In addition to my obvious problem with Soma addiction, will the use of Depakote hurt or help me?


AskDocWeb: Depakote has rarely caused serious (but sometimes fatal) liver problems and/or disease of the pancreas (pancreatitis). Early signs of serious liver problems include vomiting, unusual tiredness, swelling of the face. Tell your doctor immediately if you develop any of these symptoms. Liver or pancreas problems may occur at any time during therapy and may worsen quickly. Tell your doctor immediately if you experience stomach/abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite while taking Depakote.

Subj: Any advice on detox?
Date: 11/25/2008
I cant stop taking soma 10+ a day for 10 years, It’s so easy to order it online I’m going broke please…don’t start it…any advice on detox and the anxiety?


AskDocWeb: The idea of detox is to encourage your body to rid itself of toxic products accumulated in the tissues. There are detox diets that promise to aid in this process but the truth is our bodies are capable of getting rid of most toxins, that is the function of the liver, kidneys and skin. When harmful chemicals enter the body, the liver breaks them down by combining them with its own chemicals to make a water soluble compound that can be excreted by the kidneys. About the only thing you can do to help this process is to drink plenty of water and get an adequate amount of sleep.

Subj: Do not take Soma
Date: 12/3/2008
All of you are crazy! Soma is extremely addictive and extremely easy to get without a prescription. It is extremely hard to get off of. Soma has ruined my life! Do not take Soma is my advice!


Subj: Stuck in a rotten circle
Date: 12/16/2008
I have been using soma since July for lower back pain I’ve had from an injury in Feb. I was in pain until I couldn’t take the spasms anymore and was prescribed the some, as one person said – it’s your best friend when you can’t move and your in pain. However, I do feel at certain times it also contributes to me hurting (or re-aggravating) my back and then the circle begins again. I’m 37 and feel that my physician is not helping me solve the real pain problem I am having, he won’t send me to a specialist to find out what’s going on…and YES I have gained 20 lbs!!! I feel I am stuck in a rotten circle with no help.


AskDocWeb: You don’t need a referral to seek out a pain clinic or a physical therapist. You can do that on your own. The question to keep in mind is “What can I do to prevent the pain from happening?” rather than just covering it up.

Subj: Useful medication
Date: 12/17/2008
Soma is a meprobromate and the same basic ingredient that makes up the old tranquilizer Miltown. Like any drug that creates a feeling of well being they can be habit forming. Withdrawal is usually not physically difficult but abuse is rampant. Used as directed it is a useful medication.


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