Why do they prefer Lyrica over soma for muscle spasms, and severe neurological painful conditions, because Lyrica has many terrible side effects according to my own experience between the two!
Why have most doctors stopped prescribing carisoprodol for severe muscle spasms?
- 7 Sep 2011 by curios george
- 27 May 2021
- lyrica, soma, diabetic nerve damage, muscle spasm, pain, reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome, persisting pain, shingles, fibromyalgia, carisoprodol, diabetic neuropathy, side effect, doctor, muscle
I have heard at a few pain clinics that soma is being taken off of the market. Interestingly enough I did NOT hear this at a doctor's office. And, while I was at the neurologist's office I asked if they had heard this rumor and they had not. Seems only the pain management clinic I was going to was cutting back/off of the soma. I wonder if it has something to do with the feds watching the pharmacies and clinics as to the number of scripts written and filled as well as the number of patients. I just felt (at the pain clinic I was going to, so am not speaking for ALL, please do not hear that from this post) that the clinic was pushing as many ppl thru that was legally possible without drawing attention to their activity. No doubt they ran through doctors and medical assistants like exlax thru a baby! (used that analogy before, and it seemed to fit!) I was pretty focused on getting my pain meds and didn't care at the time. Now looking back, being honest with myself, it was clearly a 'pill mill'.
Hi curious george,
I have no problems getting Soma. I am however terrified to take it.
If you cannot get it, ask for Baclofen, it works wonders for me!!
Have you ever tried it???
Soma is becoming an abused drug. Sadly it does work great for pain and is a good muscle relaxer, but it is different from other muscle relaxers in that it has a sedative type property in it comparable to the old drug known as Miltown. Soma abuse has been on the rise. I have taken these before without a problem and never gave it a second thought. Pulling them off the market would be stupid as I believe most do not abuse them, but there has been an escalation in Soma abuse and apparently it can be alot more habit-forming in contrast to other kinds of muscle relaxers.
because of people using the drug to get messed up on. mainly women. Soma translates to coma in Greek. an average size woman will more than likely die from taking 4 at one time. so now it is a narcotic even though there is nothing physically addictive in it. it's the drug abusers you can blame for that. i still get mine but Lyrica or anything else has never worked for me. Soma is a very good medication. it's the people who dont even need it that mess it up for those who actually do need it. talk to your Dr and express yourself. if the Lyrica dont cut it. .tell them what does.
I don't know anything about soma. I have rsd with the nerve issues and the 24/7 muscle spasms. My doc wouldn't put me on lyrica. Says it has terrible side effects. I am on gabapentin (generic for neurontin) and baclofen. I don't know if the gabapentin helps with spasms or not. The baclofen helps me with the muscle spasms. I am sensitive to medications, so my docs always start out with a low does and slowly titrate up. That seems to help reduce side effects. Let us know how it works out for you. If you want to ask me questions about my comment, please feel free to friend me. Blessings!
Curious George welcome to the site. There has been a rumour for a year now that Soma is not going to be available in th USA for much longer. We don't know when , but apparently it is being told to doctors too as everyone on it is writing to us about why, why, why! Well I take cylcobenzaprine, 10mg (it's generic Flexeril) & it does a realy good job. I don't know the exact prescriing info as I didn't look it up, but you can at the top of this page on Drug A to Z. It helps me quite a bit. My doctor prescribes it to take 2 times a day or every 12 hours if I need it.Unfortuneately Soma is apparently quite addictive too, may be the reason they are removing it from the market. I wish you well, & try the cyclobenzaprine. I take Lyrica also for fibromyalgia & neuropathy, so you can take both of these drugs together. The Lyrica given enough time to build up a good dose of 225mg. a day helps a lot with pain.
I haven't had to use the muscle relaxer much taking Lyrica. Only if I overdo what is my limits.Some people have bad side effects from Lyrica, but everyone is different. I don't have any. A lot of people complain of weigh gain which could be water weight because it can cause some ankle swelling, but I have actually lost some weight on it because I feel better & am doing more & being more active rather than a couch potatoe! Good luck to you my new friend...
I am 46 years old and have been dealing with chronic pain since I was in an an auto accident at 12. There have been ups and downs for years but there is always pain. Always.When it's not bad it feels like the flue and I can get away with nothing or just over the counter meds or nothing but when it's bad there are no words to describe how I feel. I can only imagine it's like being put on the rack in the mid evil times LOL. Not funny but hey a body has to have a sense of humor right. Up until about 6 years ago I was told it was all in my head and I needed to go home and get some attention from my husband. As much as I just wanted to be cured I can't tell you how relieved I was to have a diagnoses. I finally knew I wasn't crazy. I finally put 2 & 2 together and realized that what made the fibro get so bad was when I had some physical harmful experience. I was diagnosed with cancer in 06.
I had 6 surgeries in a very short period of time. The surgeries didn't cause me all that much trouble but it caused me an unGodly amount of pain. Trying to work construction. I tried Lyican and all it did was cause me to have me to have the most retched worse migraines I have ever had. I thought that was going to be my blessing from God. Yea right. When I was referred to a PM Dr I was so excited. I had all these plans. Get acupuncture, massage therapy, etc, Anything to get off the meds... but no. The Doc said He would love too help me do that but my insurance wouldn't cover Any of it. Not one red cent. I was drugs or nothing.
So back to the question of Soma. I have been on Soma for many years off and on. That is the only medication that works for me. I have done some research and have found that people that suffer from chronic pain very seldom become addicted to the pain meds they are prescribed and I have found this to be true. There have days I have eaten them like M&Ms because the pain is so bad and then days at a time that I don't take them at all and I have been on them this time since 06. I have tried many other medications and nothing works. I may as well be taking an aspirin as well as they help. I know this was quite long but I thought a bit of back ground would help explain. I hope what I had to say is helpful to you. And for the love of all that is good don't tell any one that you have them. You wouldn't believe how many ailments they will come up with to try to soften your heart into giving them your meds. Unbelievable. Good luck and I hope you feel better soon
Sadly so many people are suffering from severe pain everyday of their lives. And doctors prescribe pain meds rather than get to the root of the actual cause of the patients pain. And not in all cases of course but a lot of which could be helped or even eventually relieved altogether with Massage Therapy /Physical therapy . Because in the end all the pain meds do is temporarily alleviate the problem..and muscle relaxers don't relax your muscles, they relax your brain which tells your muscles to relax. Which really makes you think . Where's the real problem start?
I took Soma for years - now on Medicaid and can't get it - yet. I hope I can soon. I have fibromyalgia and can't take Lyrica or a lot of other things. Praying that I can get Soma soon, it's the best thing that I have ever found
Because many deaths were reported from some taking Soma 350 along with Percocet/Norco, etc. they started calling it the “Soma Coma”. A dangerous mix these days because of the high abuse of soma 350 itself.
Hello curious george,
Why do you say that Lyrica has terrible side effects? I've been taken Lyrica since 2008 for my fibromyalgia! The only side effect that it has for me is tiredness to some degree & possible weight gain... only taking 125mg a day in divided doses. Other then that it has served me well.
Hi curious george. I agree 100% with you about Lyrica. I took it for 7-8 years and it was one of the worst experiences of my life. I had so many horrible side effects from this medication but I didn’t connect it until I found thousands of other people who were going through the same thing that I was. Then when I made the decision to get off Lyrica l learned that I had to taper off very slowly or I could suffer what is now called ‘The Discontinuation Syndrome’. It was worse than the side effects but I still decided to taper off because I wanted this poison (imo) out of my body. I would never ever advise anyone to take Lyrica or any medication like it. I think it should be taken off the market. Cindy
I live in California and I’ve taken Soma since 1999 and it has helped me tremendously and actually that seems to be the only medication that has helped me... I take one 350mg at bedtime only so the spasms will stop enough for me to get at least 5 hours of sleep. The rest of the time I keep moving... I use heat, and I’ll take Motrin. I have tried everything else and nothing else works... A couple years ago I also was told by my doctor that the pharmacy that was part of my medical plan wasn’t despensing Soma any more, so I asked the doctor if she could give me a written prescription for it, and I would try and get it filled elsewhere, and she agreed, I then took the prescription to a different pharmacy and they had no problem despensing it... And I continue to fill my prescription this way. I pay a little bit more for it, but I get a three month supply. I hate taking pills but this is one pill I will take because it works, and trust me I don’t abuse it! Hope this helps you!!! Good Luck!
I have been on Lyrica and became very suicidal. The dr would not take take a chance on soma. My body reacts with severe allergic reaction. I wish you the best of luck.
I live in San Diego County, and no pharmacy can get Soma, I have been on it almost 25 years. I hate the idea of doing the roller coaster of trying new meds to find one that works... Why can we not get this one any more? Why is it when something is not broken someone thinks it needs fixed.
Search for questions
Still looking for answers? Try searching for what you seek or ask your own question.