Soma's are supposed to be prescribed for short term use like if you have a muscle spasm in your back or something. What I don't understand is why they are not prescribed long term for those of us that suffer from chronic myofascial muscular trigger point pain. That pain comes and goes all the time and is unfortunately not short lived. Physicians are afraid to prescribe anything anymore even if it means you have to suffer as a result of it. Any comments are welcomed
27 Oct 2010
My GP gives me a prescription for soma every six hours, yet I am afraid to take it. It effects the heart and I don't want to mess about with that.
It also has the potential for abuse, as I'm sure you know already.
Perhaps you should seek a new doc?
Hope you are feeling better, fibro sucks!!!
Have you tried Lyrica?
27 Oct 2010
Soma is a dangerous medication. I fear all of my medications and have never abused any of them. For RSD which the pain and muscle spams are very much the same as described in a response below I have been on Soma for about 4 plus years now after going through every other muscle relaxer for it to only stop working; or not helping me.
When I went back to my 1st pain doctor who diagnosed me this year, he wouldn't even write my Soma (after writing my strong pain meds) having the nurse come out and tell me; "he just doesn't believe in long term use of it" and then telling my Internal Med doctor this and she prescribed them for me.
They can affect the heart muscle and suppress your breathing and when pain meds also suppress your breathing, they consider that a dangerous combination.
I do understand why but just as your need for them and to fear them enough to only take it as needed, I would explain this to your doctor in that way and try to stay on the least amount possible. If your doctor is planning on taking you off of everything anyway, it's probably time to find another doctor and start all over again with one who is willing and understands that you need both pain meds and Soma for a good reason.
I know not many are willing to prescribe it for long term use but after being on 3 a day never having my dose raised due to fear and even taking less on some days when I'm better, my doctor feels safe prescribing it to me.
It is sad that because of so many abusers that real chronic pain patients end up paying for it by suffering.
There have been the deaths of famous people prescribed everything I'm on but sleeping pills but they were abusing it to begin with to end up like that. I even understand that certain combos of meds even taken correctly can end up killing you usually by suppressing your breathing.
I hope you get the help you need and a doctor who does understand like my own as to suffer in this amount of pain is to take away any ability to function and have any quality of life knowing that these meds may take away time from our lives down the road.
If we were cancer or diabetic patients, I'm sure it would be different which is sad.
28 Oct 2010
Soma is great for the kind of pain you are describing but unfortunately it has become a drug that is frequently sold on the street. I know of plenty of people who make up a chronic muscle pain and get large quantities of soma to sell. I used to have it prescribed to me but I began abusing it, looking for that "bolus effect" where I actually felt a high from it. I started taking over 5,000mg a day or 3-350mg pills at a time multiple times a day.
Unfortunately all of this has led many doctors t be wary of prescribing it. The risks, potential for abuse, and potential for distribution all keep doctors from writing it for those who truly need it. I wish I could trust myself t take it because it definitely helps my muscle pain but I cannot trust myself with that medication.
I hope you are able to find a doctor that will work with You and Your pain. You need to find that elusive doctor that trusts their patient enough to prescribe what they need despite the risks. I do warn you that I found the medication extremely habit forming. Good Luck!
28 Oct 2010
May I ask what form of Soma you're taking? There are severl types. Are you taking Soma compound? If so, that contains aspirin and so my response to your would still stand (re; irritation to your GI tract), but if not, then my answer may have been off and i apologize.
Best of luck
9 Nov 2010
Some doctors might not perscribe them because one of their metabolites is Meprobate generic for Miltown a 1950's tranquilizer that was addicting a controlled 4 substance,and actually Soma is a controlled substance in 4 or 5 states.Ive been taking it for a couple of years and ive gone a couple days in a row without it and felt fine,it has worked miracles for my back it worked much better then Flexeril in my opinion.And your right about doctors being afraid to perscribe any pain meds even percs you can thank corrupt pain mainagement places for that.Sometimes you have to go to a real doctor and a script doctor one for his knowledge the other for the pills.
31 Mar 2011
If I was told to pick 1 drug for my pain for the rest of my life I would choose SOMA its the only drug that takes 98% pain away and when the doc does give me a script I only take it at night 30 to 45 min before bed by the time I feel it working I wake up and its 630am so it doesnt make me high it gives me a wonderful night sleep but there are a few that I read about that take 15 and 25 at a time I take 2 for those who abuse thanks alot you ruined a great medicine that works. I hear they are going to take it off the market its a sche 4 controlled medicine a 4 cant you guys find something better to abuse
1 Apr 2011
My hubby used to take Soma back in the early 90's for his back & he said it really helped him. He no longer gets it. It may not be prescribe for you if you are taking other pain meds as there can be interreactions. Be best if you would look up Drugs A to Z at the top of page it is a world of info. It is also hait forming which nmay be another reason. Flexeril is a good muscle relaxer. Have you tried this? Hope this hel[ps you & good luck with your problems. May632009
10 Apr 2011
I wholeheartedly agree with tajejk--- Soma has been a lifesaver for me! It is the ONLY pain med that has EVER worked--- AND allowed me to sleep thru the night too--and not wake up all drugged out! AND, I have NEVER had to increase the dose... and I have been taking it since 2006.
Different strokes for different folks... and I resent the doctors who tell us how dangerous and addictive it is--yet want to put us on something even stronger! When THEY are willing to live with chronic, heavy-duty pain while taking so-called 'safe' pain meds (that don't even begin to touch the pain), then I might have more respect for them! Luckily, I have met a couple of doctors in my area who agree with me about Soma, and think that it is a great pain reducer--as long as you are someone who doesn't have an 'addictive personality', or other serious health issues that could interact with it. Just my personal opinion--but I'm tired of Soma getting slammed all the time...
24 Apr 2012
I'm 59 years old and have taken just about every opiate and muscle relaxer there is at one time or another because of severe bulging and rupturing discs in my back. I've had 4 surgeries, tried all the shots, physical therapy, etc. I finally gave up and went on Subutex, which is just trading one drug for another. I wish the goverment would just go ahead and legalize marijuana. I tried it a few times and it helped my pain more than anything else I've taken. I think it would help a lot with the abuse of drugs and alcohol. The goverment could get their cut, just like with alcohol, and I sincerely believe it would do more good than harm.
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