In the 1950's a drug called milltown was developed as a tranquiler and anxiolitic. Its abuse potential was soon discovered and safer drugs called benodiazapines came along. After the 70's the drug was rarely precribed, but still is made and is a Schedule IV controlled subtance. Years later a drug company altered Miltown slighly and marked it as a muscle relaxer. Get this Miltown once in the body is converted to carisoprodol (soma). They both have the same abuse potential and and very dangerous in overdose situations. Soma is also sold on the streets and is available from internet overseas farmacies. My wife has had a horrible soma addiction for almost 5 years now, she goes on 2 to 4 day binges about every week or two. She acts drunk and biligerant at times, slures her speach, if she can even talk at all and sleeps for hours at a time, just 4 or those thing will give you a rush that feels like energy, then you can hardly talk, then they were off quickly and you want more, its a horrible substance and should go the way of Miltown.
Actually, you have it backwards, carisoprodol is broken down by the body into meprobromate (which is Miltown). There are rumors that Soma is going to be removed from the market in the US although I have not heard exactly when this is to occur. Many European countries have already taken it off the market because of this abuse potential. Many Drs will not prescribe it anymore because of this abuse potential. My pain Drs whole group will not prescribe it. I was taken off it and put on tizanidine in its place because they refuse to prescribe it to anyone even though I hardly ever even took it. Many people have been known to use it almost as a substitute for alcohol because the way it acts on the body is similar to the effects you get from alcohol. I'm so sorry to hear about your wife and I hope she gets help for this problem soon because Soma is going off the market down the road soon and she will not be able to get it legally.
- Soma Information for Consumers
- Soma Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Soma (detailed)
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