Feedback on Soma Side Effects and Usage, page 39
If you’ve used Soma, please help others by sharing your experience with side effects. 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.
I took Soma and had an immediate allergic reaction with swelling face and hands and red blotches all over my body. Someone suggested I take Tramadol for my muscle pain in my hips and legs. Does Tramadol have similar ingredients to Soma? Could I also be allergic to Tramadol?
AskDocWeb: Soma and tramadol have different ingredients and are in different classifications. Soma (carisoprodol) belongs to a class of drugs called muscle relaxants. Tramadol belongs to a class of drugs called opiate antagonists. These drugs work in different ways. An allergic reaction to one of these does not imply that you will have a reaction to the other. When in doubt, always check with your doctor.
I woke up in a hospital
I just got out of detox.. Soma or generic is a nightmare! It is addictive!!! I was up to taking 10 at a time over 1 yr of use. I was passing out constantly, losing time, doing abnormal things. I damaged my car 3 times. The last time I passed out behind the wheel, thankfully I hit only a curb! Not a car, hurting others! I woke up in a hospital and was so afraid. I was sent to a hell on earth detox for 8 days. Now I am entering an intensive outpatient program. Please do not take it and possibly ruin your life, I was so lucky.
AskDocWeb: It is also important to know that if you are taking a medication that states on the container that it may cause drowsiness and you have an accident while driving, you may face legal charges of driving under the influence.
An addictive horrible medication
I did not get a DUi, however the important part to remember is that I didn’t kill someone else first or secondly kill myself. This is an addictive horrible medication and no not all will become addictive but those who do are in serious trouble. I am and will speak out, I already have contacted my senator and I vow to get this medication a class II schedule people will die, I want to prevent that. Thank you.
Soma has given me my quality of life back
I’ve been taking soma 350 mg 4x daily and 2 norco 10/325 for fybromialigia and degenerative disc disease and now osterperosis. I also take Klonopin for seizures due to a head injury as a child 1 mg. 3x daily, and prozac 40mg once a day for nearly ten years. I have never taken more than prescribed, don’t have the desire to. I like that it doesn’t interfere with my daily life, I am happy, content and active in my church. If I have “breakthrough pain”, I just meditate or walk, painful as that is, it helps in the long run. Nothing happens when I skip doses because I’m out doing something else, and I don’t feel the need to rush home to take them. Reading these horrorible experiences makes me wonder if it is worth not being in a wheelchair anymore. I don’t want to be an “addict”. This seems to be the result of using Soma. Now, I’m a little nervous about the treatment that has given me my quality of life back…or has it?
AskDocWeb: Hello Sue. It is a good idea to remember that what works well for one person may cause problems for someone else. That is one of the reasons why sharing a prescription drug is illegal. Soma really does increase the quality of life for some people. Be thankful that you are one of them.
Synaptic nerves of the brain
I use soma for my back. I take one at night 350 mg. I wanted to know if there are any side effects to body or mind. Been on it about 3 years. I feel fine but a pharmacist made a comment that it might effect the synaptic nerves of the brain. Is this true?
AskDocWeb: Remember that Soma works by blocking the nerve impulses (or pain sensations) that are sent to your brain through the Central Nervous System. It works because has an effect on the synaptic nerves. However, not all of those effects are desirable. During the clinical trials for Soma between 0.5% and 1.8% of patients discontinued use due to adverse reactions of their nervous system. The side effects listed for the Central Nervous System (CNS effects) are drowsiness, dizziness, vertigo, ataxia (inability to coordinate voluntary muscle movements; unsteady movements and staggering gait), tremor, agitation, irritability, headache, syncope (loss of consciousness caused by insufficient blood to the brain)), depressive reactions, insomnia, and seizures. Although the possibility is small, seek immediate medical attention if you experience a seizure or loss of consciousness.
I feel like crap
Hi I have been taking soma for over a year. I always have dry mouth, and can’t have intercourse due to being so dry. Today is my 2nd day without soma. “I feel like crap”. I can’t eat or even drink water it comes out both ends to top it off I have to go back to work tomorrow. I have loss of memory I feel sad all the time but can’t cry. Right now I feel flu like symptoms fever chills. I have also gained 40 pounds since June.
I am strong I can get through this. This is not my first addiction. I just feel so sick since I went cold Turkey. I am writing this because I can’t sleep and anyone that is thinking about taking soma please don’t. I am only 30 years old with all of these problems. My husband says I need to stop. I am always so mad or my fuss goes off for any little reason.
I take Some now for over 8 years. I tell doctors if it is not broke don’t fix it. But they always do. However they have found that I am a peridox. I have the opposite for the reactions of the drug. For me it does help, but with state laws stating that it is a controlled substance doctors have problems. If it is so bad why is it out there to prescribe???? Just a question to think about. And I would like to know what doctors prescribe this medication?
AskDocWeb: A number of States have made Soma a controlled substance not because the drug is bad but rather because so many people are abusing it. Some people develop a psychological addiction to the drug. States that have taken this action include Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, and West Virginia. Soma is not yet scheduled at the federal level but that is about to change. (See page 40)
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