User Reviews for Soma
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Reviews for Soma to treat Muscle Spasm
Review by que no (taken for 1 to 2 years):
From my experience, I have never had anything that works so well for my lower back pain. It is almost impossible to sleep at night without them. My doctor was hesitant to prescribe them, but after he did I was able to cut my pain killer daily dosage in half. I think the doc's should stick to what is proven to work.
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November 8, 2014 1:37 PM
Review by Peanutsmom4:
Works good for muscle spasms and helps you to relax enough to sleep when in bad pain.
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October 19, 2014 12:58 PM
Review by flowerchild1976:
Due to having AML (leukemia) and having hundreds of bone marrows aspirates done, I now have to take Soma due to lower back pain.
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September 18, 2014 1:35 PM
Review by JazzyW1:
The only muscle relaxer to work for me. No one wants to prescribe it anymore, however.
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September 4, 2014 3:54 AM
Review by cathie143:
I have suffered from many ailments in the past few years one of which was sliding on black ice while working hitting my neck and back on a metal step to my bucket truck. The muscle spasms I get are just awful...muscles twisting and foot looks deformed when it happens. Soma is the only medication that gives any kind of relief...I take it sparingly as not to become dependent upon it. It does make you drowsy...but I would rather be somewhat drowsy than be in that horrible pain.
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August 6, 2014 3:15 PM
Review by myaeger (taken for 1 to 6 months):
I've tried every kind of muscle relaxer from A-Z out there and Soma is the only one that has worked for me. I take it twice a day with my pain meds and have had no side effects from it at all. I have spinal stenosis and suffer from pain all day every day and its so nice to have a little relief.
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July 18, 2014 3:09 PM
Review by oldstinkyfisherman (taken for 2 to 5 years):
Love it, it helps ease my severe neck pain, haven't had any side effects yet.
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July 13, 2014 11:23 AM
Review by doart84:
I just recently had a lumbar fusion but have had back problems for the past 5 years. The Dr would prescribe Flexeril but it wouldn't help and made my heart race. So my surgeon put me on Soma and it works tremendously. Makes me a little drowsy but functional.
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July 5, 2014 11:08 AM
Review by cautious but in pain:
I was very nervous to take Soma after doing some research on it. I decided to take it after being in terrible pain, I was surprised that when I woke up in the morning I could function with little pain. I decided to take 1/2 a pill instead at night and I have had great results. Soma works better than the narcotics do especially at night. If they could just make it non-drowsy it would be the perfect medicine.
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April 17, 2014 11:37 AM
Review by Alice Mabe (taken for 10 years or more):
I am 72 and have used Soma 3 times a day for 3 years. My pain specialist is reluctant to prescribe but understands that I have tried everything else for chronic intractable muscle spasm related to scoliosis, degenerative disc disease and fibromyalgia. This has worked for me since I was 30 years old dealing with my first herniated disc. I have recently had a spinal nerve stimulator implant and although I seldom have the pain from the pressure on the sciatic nerve I do have considerable pain from muscle spasm. It is the ONLY relaxant that has ever worked for me.
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January 5, 2014 5:34 PM
Review by cuff:
I have taken soma for at least 5 years and all of a sudden my new doctor took me off and put me on flexril, it does not work at all nothing like soma to let me sleep through the night without hopping up with muscles cramps. I have had back surgury 3 times and have nerve damage that will not heal, soma helps in many ways relaxation helps me sleep and no muscle cramps hope my doctor will see fit to put me back on them I hurt so much.
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October 29, 2013 10:41 AM
Review by sierramountain:
Have taken Flexeril, then Parafon, then, bachlofen, then norflex, then robaxin, then finally My New Doctor I am seeing, asked if I had ever tried Soma 350 and I Said no, So He Put Me on the soma one tablet three times a day and one tablet every night at bed-time, and the pain in my back as seen improvement, My left Leg and My left foot, I have a sprained disc in my back plus moderate scoliosis, then he also wanted me to try the Zanaflex Capsules alternating with the soma, and between those two items, the pain that was in my back, my left leg and left foot started to feel much better even when I was a work while taking those two items alternating, a little drowsiness but not overly sleepy.
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October 24, 2013 11:03 PM
Review by GermanShepherdGirl (taken for 10 years or more):
I was on Soma for over 10 years and it has always been my favorite muscle relaxer. I have had severe debilitating migraines my entire life, and a roll over only made it worse along with my neck and back, which have been progressively getting worse over the years. I was taken off about a year ago. However I am posting this for those who can't get it anymore to say Lorzone (chloroxozone) works extremely well on pain. It is the ONLY other medication - and I have tried them ALL over the years, that seems to work for my neck, back and shoulder pain. Name brand is extremely expensive even with insurance - it may need to be prescribed under the generic name.
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October 23, 2013 11:34 AM
Review by nurs:
So helpful and I have never had a bad side effect.
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October 12, 2013 3:42 AM
Review by Optional (taken for 2 to 5 years):
Was prescribed for severe muscle spasms. Took for years without any problems. VA has stopped prescribing. Tried flexeril without nearly the same results and bad urinary side effects. Going to try Robaxin next. I really wish VA would bring back Soma as so far it's the only thing that allows me to function somewhat normally. I'll continue to try other meds that VA suggests, but to this point only Soma has done the trick.
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September 30, 2013 1:40 PM
Review by CatsAreGreat:
Very good muscle relaxer. I've tried the others and they don't work. Can't drive while taking but can't drive with muscle spasms either. I really like this medcine, it works great and almost no side effects/ Does make me a bit sleepy.
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July 4, 2013 12:02 AM
Review by Fallingtears001:
I was on Soma for years and had no problem with it. My doctor took my off of it and no other medicine works as well. I am going to another doctor to try to get back on it.
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June 5, 2013 12:39 AM
Review by buttercuptucker (taken for 2 to 5 years):
I have been on many muscle relaxants, Soma has been the best I have ever taken.
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May 8, 2013 12:24 AM
Review by tiffeygirl (taken for 10 years or more):
I was originally introduced to Soma about 25 years ago when my back went out and I could not stand up straight. It worked very well, although it did make me drowsy (which was fine with me - much better than the pain). Currently I use it for neck muscle pain/spasms and it still works well. I do not have any known side effects from it.
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March 20, 2013 9:53 PM
Review by kevnstacie (taken for 5 to 10 years):
I was diagnosed 15 years ago with fibromyalgia, myofascial pain syndrome and chronic migraines. I have been through ALL the muscle relaxants and pain medicines - including narcotics - and never experienced any addiction or withdrawals. I finally found a combination of Tramadol and Soma that allows me to be marginally functional, and now I can't get my doctors to continue the Soma! They want me to try all the other muscle relaxants that DON'T work again! SO FRUSTRATING! Now I'm unable to work or even maintain my home. This is what you get when the government controls your healthcare.
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February 26, 2013 12:50 PM
Review by popeye03:
I have been on it so a for over six years. I am 44 years old and suffer from chronic migraines, degenerative disk disease, fybromyalgia,and more. I get tight muscle knots in my neck muscles that cause me terrible pain, causing headaches and stiffness. Soma has been a miraculous medication, allowing me to function better and live a more productive life. I have tried other muscle relaxers but like Soma the best because I do not get tired from it. It has been a blessing.
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February 8, 2013 6:22 PM
Review by ms.intouch (taken for 6 months to 1 year):
I found that this medication was very helpful for me. I have fibromyalgia over ten years now, as well as three bulging disk, two very bad knees, other medical problems. I have taken other muscle relaxer's that just didnt work for my pain. But Soma really helped me and helped me do a little more of the things I used to do. Even though I will never be able to do all the things I once did, Soma has helped me to do some of the things I once did, cause it helps me so much with my muscle spasms. I really thank my Dr. for recommending this muscle relaxer for me.
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January 29, 2013 11:46 AM
Review by Anonymous:
Soma has been the only spasm medicine that is affordable, to improve my quality of life after 3 back surgeries. Some of the side effects from other medicines, like Flexeril, have left me tired all the time, and with a feeling of irritability. But my doctor has recently told me she will soon stop prescribing it. Looking for affordable alternatives now.
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December 2, 2012 1:37 PM
Review by Anonymous (taken for 2 to 5 years):
3 back surgeries, 2knee surgeries. I take one before bed if needed, and no pain or muscle spasm. No drowsy feeling the next day. Helps a lot.
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September 25, 2012 11:18 PM
Review by teddybear1951 (taken for 5 to 10 years):
I have a ruptured disc in my lower back and physical therapy did not help. Soma combined with Tramadol has made the symptoms tolerable so I can work and enjoy life with my loved ones. I haven't really encountered any negative side effects, so this has been a blessing for me. Other medications were not nearly as effective, so I plan on staying on this medicine as long as I can. God bless all of you in intolerable pain.
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September 22, 2012 8:29 AM
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