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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12 Jul 2011
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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!
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".
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.
17 Oct 2011
My doctor (pain management) recommended Skelaxin (Metaxalone) for me. My insurance does not seem to cover any other type of muscle relaxer. I have a devil of a time with the insurance company and muscle relaxers but Skelaxin apparently is covered but may not be next year. I have also been prescribed Baclofin for muscle spasms but this was given to my by my private doctor (Veterans Hospital doctor) and this medication is covered under my VA medications but Skelaxin is not part of the VA formula. Robaxin (Methocarbomol) does not seem to work for me, no matter what the dosage. The Baclofin 10mg helps me sleep at night but I do not take the Baclofin any longer. I am taking the Skelaxin 800mg for muscle pain and this takes a while for my body to respond (sometimes up to two hours), but eventually this medication will make me sleepy. (Robaxin 500mg has no effect on my for some reason).
Just read up on the side effects of these medications and what they mix with. I also take Gabapentin with the Skelaxin which can add to the sleepiness so watch the interactions with muscle relaxers and other drugs. Read the effects of all these medications very carefully. What you think may not happen to you, just might and these medications can have a 'drug effect hangover' so to speak. Read about how long they stay in your system and ONLY take them as prescribed. I do not believe in muscle relaxers because most of them do not work on me, they mostly put me to sleep but that is not the intention of muscle relaxers, so watch your reaction to these medications and pay attention to... if they are working as prescribed... to relax the intended muscles. Outside of that, I do not recommend muscle relaxers but check with your doctor and find out more about the intention of any muscle relaxer.
There are other over the counter medications and teas for sleeping. I used Melatonin for sleeping when I needed to get to sleep and there are some excellent teas out there for sleeping also. Good Luck...
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