... off and would not be able to prescribe it any more, has anybody heard of this?
Soma is metabolized to meprobamate,,which is an old anti anxiety drug... meprobamate is a Schedule 4 drug..I believe Soma is now a controlled substance also... my neurologist switched me from Soma to cyclobenzaprine also..Soma is still available,,the DEA made it a schedule 4 med I believe
You may find that you like the flexeril better than Soma.
I also heard that Soma was a schedule 4 controlled med, but I've 3 refills on my bottle of Soma, so that doesn't quite make sense, does it?
I thought schedule 4's could only be refilled on paper, or am I confusing this, anyone?
I do hope your muscle pain (if that is what your are experiencing?) gets better with your flexeril, it works very well for me. Also, Baclofen helped greatly, but I developed a side effect and could no longer take it.
Best wishes to you,
I've been hearing rumors for a few years now that Soma was going to be removed from the market but so far it is still being made. Like the others said, it is now controlled and a lot of Drs dont like to prescribe it because it potentiates opioids (makes them feel stronger) so it is desired by opioid abusers. This is why pain docs arent using it any more. Some docs are still ok with still using it. My doctor is still prescribing it and hasnt said anything about it being discontinued. My previous pain docs refused to prescribe it for anyone. I think it is kind of silly that they are okay prescribing Oxycontin, oxycodone and morphine but dont want to prescribe Soma. I can honestly take it or leave it and I almost always have several left at the end of each month so I dont even take as many as I am allowed each month.
Soma is a schedule IV controlled substance. Flexeril is not controlled, just requires a script. Soma's metabolite used to be prescribed as an anxiolytic with potential for abuse. Above someone said they have refils for soma and if it was controlled that it wouldn't make sense to have refils if it's controlled. Doctors can give refils for medications that fall in controlled substance schedules V, IV and III. Schedule II require a separate script for each pick up. Many people view Flexeril as a better muscle relaxer than soma, however it it's important to recognize that Flexeril is meant for short term use, not chronic use. It is recommended for only 2-3 weeks. Another alternative is Lorzone. It's a fairly new formulation and worked well for me, however since it is fairly new, the cost is considerably higher.
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