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.
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,
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
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!
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.
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
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 baclofen and it works pretty well too and insurance does pay for it. Thanks for all your help. Best of luck to all.
Soma was removed from Medicare formulary too, at Walmart its $37 or so and they always use a coupon or discount card and I pay $17 for 90 soma.
I was on soma, but my Dr passed away. My new pain management Dr is part of a corporation that doesn't allow then to prescribed it. I have been through the gambit of muscle relaxants. My problem is they either don't work or they make me so sick.. I don't even mind that I have to pay for them.. Is there really anything that works like soma. I don't know what to do anymore.. Thanks
Hey numnuts a 90 day supply of 350 mg is under $20 nearly everywhere.
If you are over 65 or have a legitimate disability “not some BS unrecognized my back hurts from being unnecessary overweight due to eating bacon and drinking Coke” let me know and I’ll pay for it at Walgreens they let you pay by card over the phone. All that aside I wish you the best.
Is there any.medicine that will help as well as soma I have bad muscle problems I need to know
They not only still make Carisoprodol in 350 but also 250 and some Dr.s will prescribe that dose. Lorzone (generic is chlorzoxazone and only comes in 500mg which your Dr can write it this way unless insists on the 375 or 725mg that Lorzone comes in), is a new one but is expensive but if can't take other muscle relaxers like me you can get prior authorization. If ever denied do a drug appeal and have your Dr do a prior authorization letting them know you've tried all other drugs and had side affects. They have to approve it. They don't tell you this cause they don't want to pay a lot of money.
Beware of zanaflex(tizanidine)!!! They don't mix with many other meds and when my doctor took me off of them all at once my blood pressure and heart rate jumped through the roof and I started having uncontrollable tremors I called for an ambulance and went to the hospital they gave me 2 rounds of attorol next thing I remember is waking up 2 days later in the icu and was there for three more days it took another month for my bp and pulse came back down to normal.
Baclofen Schmaclofen. ... you want a good Muscle relaxer, try Norflex. It is 10x stronger than Baclofen. It will make you feel a little spacy but you will get a lot better relief. I've been through all of them, Zanaflex... etc. Baclofen(bad side effects bad for me). I can't remember all I tried but this was the one that did the best. I had been on the table many times. The last was a Total Knee Replacement. My pain doc and me let me try anything I wanted except Soma. Norflex wasn't Soma but got the same relief.
Hi speedbird, I've been on the op table many times. The last op I had was a total knee replacement. My pain dr. wouldn't prescribe Soma but would let me try everything else which I did including Baclofen trash. NORFLEX is not like Soma, but it will make you a little spaced out and it was the best I could find. It worked well for me but I had to take 2 to get total relief.. I wouldn't drive on them. Three will probably put you to sleep as it did me. But that was the next best thing I could find other than Soma and I tried them all. I don't remember how many milligrams it was but I know it was the highest dose per pill. Good luck. I hope you find that it works or whatever you seek.
I've had baclofen and had bad side effects and could not handle it. I found one but it is no Soma but it worked the best. It is called Norflex. Try that one and see if your spasms go. The side effects make you spacy but do give relief. But thank you for your suggestion.
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