I need a muscle relaxant for my back. if it is, is there one that is not or the least addictive?
24 Jan 2011
Yes Soma has a fairly high risk for addiction. It says not to use it if you have a history of drug or alcohol abuse. There is also a form of Soma that contains codiene, which of course would contain an even higher risk of addiction. Flexeral may be an option for you. It has a much , much lower risk for addiction. Of course talk to your doctor about what would be the right fit for you.
25 Jan 2011
i think anything can be addictive if used improperly i've taken soma for a number of years and didnt have any withdraw at all when i stopped taking it. of course i took it properly and didnt take too much at once so i'd say if it helps take it carefully and only as directed. My mom-in-law takes so many she gets messed up but thats a personl choice not a reaction to the meds so really i think its up to u if u think u can take this med properly i think u'll b ok flexerall is good too but not as strong but it does work just not as good
14 Sep 2011
As long as you do not take Soma on a daily basis you should be alright. I've taken soma for 2 years , but only about 2-3 times a week. a while back I stopped taking it altogether and had no real withdrawal symptoms. I think you run into problems when you are taking multiple doses every day. hope this info helps
24 Jan 2011
Soma can be pretty addictive. Have you tried asking about Zanaflex? They work pretty good and are less likely to get you addicted to them. Hope you are doing ok? I still have a houseful and haven't been on lately. But look up zanaflex to review it. It's middle of the road in controlling bad spasms but depending on how bad yours are, it might be worth looking in to.
Have a good day and let us know how the appt goes.
24 Jun 2013
I believe the proper word is potentially abusive not so much addicted. That is my two cents worth. Soma's work very well for me and I have taken them for months at a time and then stopped with no "addiction withdraw or gotta have it thoughts". On the other hand, I found myself occasionally using it for not the indications prescribed. I was abusing it and told my doctor I wanted to try a different relaxant. I did this before I did anything stupid. So abusive yes, addictive no.
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