I have been using the generic (Carisoprodol) of Soma for quite a while for painful muscle spasms. Suddenly, Carisoprodol has been removed from the 2011 formulary list from my drug plan. The cost of Carisoprodol is several hundred dollars a month. Is there an alternative medication? I suffer from pinched nerves, back pain and muscle spasms.
1 Dec 2011
there are so many people that no longer get to use Soma. Me being one of them. I did speak with a member here that lives near me and he states he still gets it prescribed for him, but I am hearing more and more where it is no longer being prescribed.
I have been rx'd Baclofen. I have only been on it two days so I can't really speak for it's efficacy, but I have read that it is the closest to Soma of the muscle relaxers out there.
Hope this helps,
1 Dec 2011
OMG so now the insurance companies are not going to pay for it anymore!! My pain mgmt clinic stopped prescribing it about 4 months ago and I've had a terrible time trying to find something that works as well. Like Jilly I've heard that Baclofen is the closest but have no personal experience with it. Flexiril is one that has been around for a long time and works well for some people. Zanaflex is also one that seems to work well. I hope you find something that works for you. Please let me know how you are doing.
Best wishes. Your friend
12 Dec 2011
I don't know where you are getting your carisoprodol but it's always under 80 dollars for a 90 pill supply. My insurance covers it. They no longer make the Soma 350mg, but there are several manufactures of the generic. Try places like walmart or other large stores.They are by far much less expensive than a regular Pharmacy. Better yet if your insurance has taken it off their list your doctor may be able to get an exception from your insurance company by saying that it is the only thing that works well for you. If you can't get generic soma then you might try Valuim, it works almost as well for me, but doctors do not like to perscribe it!
13 Sep 2012
My insurance stopped paying years ago. I stopped having it prescribed (changed drs, not my best move) but it cost about 89.00 if I remember right. Anyway my point is I used a free discount card. They really are free and they help a LOT. I ended up paying around 35.00. Good luck all.
5 Feb 2013
soma has become a schedule IV medication because of addictive potential (a metabolite is meprobamate, a sedative-hypnotic), which is certainly one reason why MDs are being more cautious, while Zanaflex or tizanidine and baclofen are off label for skeletal muscle spasms i.e. muscle relaxants and both can cause significant sedation
7 Feb 2013
I actually found a Dr. that would write the script for Soma. Insurance isn't supposed to cover it, but did one time. I have no idea how it got past them. But using a discount card, I could get a month's supply for around 30-35.00. Switched to baclafen and it works pretty well too and insurance does pay for it. Thanks for all your help. Best of luck to all.
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