What other prescription muscle relaxers are on the market? Is Soma a muscle relaxer? I believe I heard it was no longer going to be made - is this correct? I would appreciate knowing what other muscle relaxers are here in the U.S. Thanks!
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6 Jul 2011
Soma (carisoprodol) is a prescription muscle relaxant. It is meant to be used temporarily (up to two or three weeks) to treat muscle spasms due to injury or other muscle problems. Even though Soma is not a controlled substance, it has the potential to be abused and should be used cautiously in people with a tendency toward alcohol or drug abuse.
For other muscle relaxants it would be better to seek advice from your doc who would be able to prescribe what is best suited to you & your system as he/she would know your medical history better.
Take care, be safe & well, please!
6 Jul 2011
There are many muscle relaxants though I don't know which ones contain glycols. To see a list of muscle relaxants go to:
Of course if you google the ones your interested in you can find out their ingredients. Other than Soma and Flexeril, I can recommend Skelaxin or for more serious type spasm there is Baclofen.
8 Jul 2011
dear eliza, they will probabaly prescribe flexaril to you, it just didn't help ,me at all, i guess i just have a high tolerence to drugs, ask for soma, those are really strong, and they helped me tremenmdously, well, i suredo hope that you can get the soma,and i hope that you feel better
8 Jul 2011
when we give advice Rajive (and others) are not doctor's they are trying hard to make sure you get the best answers followed by double checking with your doctor! Soma will no longer be kept on the market, there is Robaxin, and Skelaxin these are two that have been used for some time and in lots of people have had positive results, I hope I have not offended you, We are here to answer questions to the best of our abilities (we are not physicians) but we want you to be safe, please we hope you find a med that works and that you are better!! Please take care!
11 Jul 2011
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12 Jul 2011
Hi there ElizaJane!
This is boobookittymum~ you may not remember, but you were very kind & helpful, a few months ago, when I had a very, very loooong weekend, while
my Ins.Co. wouldn't fill some of my scripts & my Doc was away.
Anyway, you & others on here, saved me that weekend~really! (and I will always be so, very grateful to you! )
Sorry that I have not been on here much & only see your post today. I don't know anything, myself, about "Soma," but I used to take a muscle relaxer that worked very well, called Skelaxin, I believe. (unsure if correct spelling... I guess it will come up on-line w/ right spelling.) I do not know what you need this for, exactly, but I was taking it for my terrible back problems/pain & for Firbromyalgia pains. Even though it worked very well, it made me too tired, along w/ my other meds. ( the only reason I don't take it, now, after my divorce. no time for single-moms to be "too tired," it has seemed!)
Anyway, I hope this helps~if you haven't already had this/ tried this. I would hope it's still available~it wasn't that long ago that I had been prescibed it~I'm guessing a few yrs. ago. (never heard anything bad about it, anywhere, but check just in case I'm not correct, there.)
I really do hope you are well today & I hope this is somewhat helpful to you. (wish I knew more for you, since you were so helpful to me~even w/ your kind, supportive words.) Let me know how you are & try to "smile" today, knowing that there are people who really "care" about how you are:)
12 Jul 2011
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14 Jul 2011
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7 Aug 2011
OMG don't get involved with soma if you've ever had any alcohol, or drug abuse , especially if you've ever liked or had a problem with downers. My wife has a horrible soma addiction, she goes on 2 to 4 day binges till they run out, and she's a zombie, drunken rude and generally another person I don't know.
It is bassically the same drug that was once popular called Milltown, infact Milltown metabolizes into soma, after taken. Milltown, because of its abuse potential and that fact that safer drugs called benzodiazapines came along it is rarely ever prescribed, although it is still made an is a schedule IV drug. What I don't understand soma causing the same problems as Miltown, why is soma not a scheduled subtance makes no sense to me, and in my opinion should be taken off the market. All it takes is 3 somas at once to cause the effects of drinking a 12pack. My wife has taked as much as 8 to 20 at once, and she was in whats popularly known as a "soma coma".
20 Aug 2011
I'm in the same situation as you are Eliza Jane. I don't have an allergic reaction to generic version. My problem with generics is it's like taking a sugar pill. My body does not absorb generic medications completely. Some medicines I can get by with a partial affect. It's like buying 100mg of a drug and only getting the affect of 20mg. My doctors tell me that sodium is missing in generic medications and that's the ingredient that aids absorption. I honestly don't see how they can pass of a drug as the same medication as the brand when it has ingredients missing, or additional ingredients like that ones your avoiding.
Amrix is the same medication as Flexeril the brand name. The difference between the two is Amrix is in a time released capsule. Also Amrix costs about 4 to 6 times more than Flexeril and time release capsules have been around a long time. I believe that they created the same drug with a new patent under a new name with the capsule being the gimick. It might be why we can't find Flexeril the brand. I don't like the time release capsule. Removing the medicine from the capsule and taking it that way with a water would get the same affect. The time release doesn't work well for me, it's like a game of 'guess when this will work'. Also the price is too much.
Sorry for being so wordy. I was trying to cover everything I know about this drug in one posting.
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