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User Reviews for Carisoprodol

Also known as: Soma

Condition Avg. Rating Reviews Compare
Muscle Spasm  
9.1
250 reviews 50 medications
Nocturnal Leg Cramps  Off-label
9.0
14 reviews 17 medications

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Reviews for Carisoprodol

mikeyst22 April 19, 2021

For Muscle Spasm: “I am taking carisoprodol for 12 years stops back pain I would rather take this then any other muscle relaxer with neck and back stenosis C5-6 causing such bad pain. Everyday I take 2 and it stops hurting Lumbar L5-S1 Spondylosis”

10 / 10
Heyyo April 16, 2021

For Muscle Spasm: “Carisoprodol is one of the best meds ever for pain. I have been on it for 12 years if i have to be on it for a long time so be it. This drug works for lumbar stenosis helps with sleep too”

10 / 10
Cyanytlas April 8, 2021

For Muscle Spasm: “I get generic & I know I'm lucky I have a Dr willing to prescribe it because so many won't. The problem is, I've tried EVERY muscle relaxer & all but Soma & flexeril are well documented in my allergies, from blackouts (while driving!)-Baclofin to chest pain-Tizanadine. Flexeril is one of the only medications that knocks me out (sleepiness) & as others have said, isn't really effective. That being said, I do alternate between Soma & Flexeril, because as we know, Soma is only really effective for 2 weeks, 3 max. So, when the effectiveness starts to wear off, I switch to flexeril. I'm aware it's labeled as the "most addictive muscle relaxer," and if you're predisposed to opiate addiction, I'd stay away. However, for me I don't have that gene/predisposition & I don't go through withdrawals. I will say the only negative, aside from short term effectiveness, is sometimes especially if you use them at bedtime (sleep issues due to pain), I can have difficulty sleeping first couple nights off”

10 / 10
StarKat · Taken for 10 years or more August 5, 2020

Soma (carisoprodol) for Muscle Spasm: “I have been on a combination of medicines with no side-effects for over 20 years. Now I can't get Soma. It is the only thing that stops the pain from tight muscles, and reduces muscle spasticity and spasms. I have over 20 chronic illnesses. I have never abused the medications. I may have to go into a facility because the FDA and other groups seem to have their heads in the sand and other dark places. For those of us who have had no adverse side-effects, what they are doing is wrong.”

10 / 10
Medic19 · Taken for 1 to 6 months January 25, 2019

Soma (carisoprodol) for Muscle Spasm: “I have been in two severe rollover vehicle accidents is 3 years. 6 herniated discs and a brain injury. I have been on multiple muscle relaxers and they all suck except for Soma. Flexeril kept me up all night with a pounding heart rate. I literally almost went to the ER. Thank god I found another DR. that has no problem prescribing Soma to me. It really works. I echo some of the sentiments on this board that it's sad that some of us get treated like drug hounds when we ask for medication that actually works. Opioid crisis??? Why don't they start by looking at the 4 times as many people that die each year from alcoholism and related injuries, according to the CDC. FDA let our Dr's do their jobs!”

10 / 10
G April 1, 2020

Soma (carisoprodol) for Muscle Spasm: “*Fusion L3-4 through L5-S-1 in 99’ (Currently considered FSS) *Fractured hips(3 on left, 4 on right), fractured femur (2 spots), torn tricep, severe nerve damage, torn ligaments & tendons in 4 fingers, fractured meniscus, Torn ACL in 00’ That was a car accident where I wasn’t supposed to make it through the night, let alone walk. Luckily I was in great shape, D-1 dual athlete and for 14 years I had my aches and pains but nothing that Tylenol wouldn’t cure. Now I have tried so many different medications and like most here you begin to feel like a guinea pig trying this, then that. I can say that Soma knocks it out of the park. Not only with relieving spasms and relaxing the body overall, it 100% helps reduce pain. Everyone is different but after many years I’ve finally found something where I feel great and significantly helps better my quality of life. I prefer this medication over any MS or Pain Med.”

10 / 10
Katz March 9, 2019

Soma (carisoprodol) for Muscle Spasm: “Soma works great, yet the DEA reclassified it so now it’s made out to be “heroin” it is actually not that, but it’s getting a bad wrap. Listen, it works for people... we are not the ones abusing it.”

10 / 10
Powder45 · Taken for 10 years or more April 8, 2016

Soma (carisoprodol) for Muscle Spasm: “I was on Soma for over 20 years for fibromyalgia. I moved to a different area and no dr will prescribe it. What is wrong when you have tried every other muscle relaxant and I do mean every and none work ar they have bad side effects and the only relief you get is from soma and no one wants you to take it because some idiots might get addicted??? What about us? The people suffering because the only med that helps is off limits. I don't get it. It is 1:30 am and I am sitting up because the pain is so bad I can't sleep. Please tell me how I'm supposed to get up and go to work tomorrow and lots of other days with no sleep because of pain. Explain that one to me. Because right now I am very upset that I am suffering over some idiotic crap!!!”

10 / 10
Prefer better quality of life · Taken for 5 to 10 years September 13, 2018

Soma (carisoprodol) for Muscle Spasm: “I take carisoprodol the only brand that really works tho are the ones with a V on them DEA please leave us who go through proper Dr. Visits and get regularly drug testing alone. It's not fair or more importantly ethical what you are causing the people who are not breaking the law. To have a lesser quality of life and suffer the way we have to as if I were a law breaker. There are by far worse things on the streets just look at the people who fall on the ground foaming at the mouth and eating own flesh !!! Just saying ...stop punishing the WRONG people”

bb February 27, 2019

Soma (carisoprodol) for Muscle Spasm: “Most effective drug prescribed to date (350mg bid) for my numerous and severe chronic muscle spasms secondary to degenerative disk disease (DDD) and radiculopathy related nerve pain. Forced to retire from a major academic health center after 35-years of service as a healthcare supervisor, manager, administrator and researcher. I am lucky to have a PCP from the same medical center who treats patients bases on individual "medical need" and "improving quality of their life"-rather than someone else's recreational drug problem. He/She is MY MD-who is highly trained, experienced and licensed to make MEDICAL decisions for their patient on ethical/medical grounds-while the regulatory world and non-caring MD's and other policy makers seek to limit access and make continued use more difficult each year.”

10 / 10
Ron · Taken for 5 to 10 years July 23, 2019

Soma (carisoprodol) for Muscle Spasm: “Soma worked well for me and it's actually the only muscle relaxant that helped with the spasms and pain I deal with (and I've tried all the others like baclofen,flexeril,and tizanidine) it's too bad abusers have caused the CDC and FDA to demonize this medication so that physicians have all but stopped prescribing it. Strange how they do that with all the medications that actually work.”

8 / 10
NRW · Taken for 10 years or more February 3, 2020

Soma (carisoprodol): “I agree wholeheartedly with a majority of comments re: Soma! After double spinal fusion & lamenectomy I had arthritis set in and nothing was helpful. I tried other medications (listed here as well) all with terrible side effects: dizziness, ineffective, etc. Soma has been prescribed to me for 12 years. It is extremely effective in relieving the pain associated with arthritis, stiffness, etc. 99% of time I take 1/day at bedtime. Unless my back goes out & I experience spasms. On these rare occasions I follow the dosage of 1 table every 8 hrs. NEVER had an addictive problem and I’m 15 years sober in AA!!! Thank goodness for Soma & the relief it provides without side effects”

10 / 10
Nana03 · Taken for 10 years or more August 7, 2019

Soma (carisoprodol) for Muscle Spasm: “I had been on Soma for the better part of 12 years. It was the best thing I had ever taken for my muscle spasms with my Fibromyalgia. I deal with a lot of pain and muscle spasm plus other things on a daily basis. When the CDC and FDA caused all that ruckus about Soma I was lucky that my Dr. still prescribed Soma for awhile. Then came the day when he was pressured into not prescribing it anymore. I haven't found a muscle relaxant that works yet!”

10 / 10
JJ222 September 22, 2015

Soma (carisoprodol) for Muscle Spasm: “Soma is by far the best muscle relaxer that is under the "muscle relaxer class". Even with extreme stiffness and spasms that have been left untreated for years, Soma is the only muscle relaxer that provides relief. Many doctors won't prescribe it because they say it can be abused, which is a joke. The FDA doesn't seem to like meds that actually work. It's 100X superior to flexeril, tiziadine, etc. Soma works different -- it's the only muscle relaxer that slows down the nerves instead of just causing central nervous system (CNS) depression. All other muscles relaxers only do CNS depression and their theory is by slowing down the body, the muscles will relax. Not always true. Soma does CNS depression AND it works on the nerves. Best there is.”

10 / 10
Michie · Taken for 2 to 5 years August 8, 2019

Soma (carisoprodol) for Muscle Spasm: “I get this medication every month. It helps with so many things, nerve damage, muscle pain & even sleep. I have used all before refill, and can tell you 100 percent I do not feel any detox from it. I wish it for people addicted to pain meds to receive this instead, it is honestly a cure all. I could be taking addiction causing pain meds. But no need. I honestly fell that this medication may be the answer for our opioid issues.”

10 / 10
Marley · Taken for 5 to 10 years May 26, 2019

Soma (carisoprodol) for Muscle Spasm: “Soma is my saving grace. Having had severe work injuries and multiple surgeries it is used along with other treatments such as Botox injections, radio frequencies (ablation on the nerves in the lower back), pain meds, therapy etc. Have to agree with the other comments on the government, should keep their remarks on addiction and controlling society out of the lives of people who suffer with chronic pain, not to further mention the impact it has on the treating physician. But yet they are the ones that are putting society at risk by passing drug laws to line their pockets with revenues from the taxes imposed on the sales of these DRUGS. Soma has helped when other medication failed.”

10 / 10
Patient Advocate December 4, 2015

Soma (carisoprodol) for Muscle Spasm: “I have been in a pain clinic for 21 years now, 20 of those years I have been prescribed Soma. this is a far superior muscle relaxant to the other 5 or 6 available to Drs. Most have no side effects and in combination with other medications (in my case) can live an almost normal life. The DEA/irresponsible people are to blame for the current problems we are dealing with now. TALK with your Dr. And anyone else who will listen.”

10 / 10
Alice Mabe · Taken for 10 years or more January 5, 2014

Soma (carisoprodol) for Muscle Spasm: “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.”

10 / 10
hikarl · Taken for 5 to 10 years January 27, 2016

Soma (carisoprodol) for Muscle Spasm: “I have taken carisoprodol for about 7 years 3 per day as needed. This is to prevent painful muscle cramps of my ribcage muscles, the intercostals. These muscles are mostly pretty small but very painful when they cramp. Tried flexeril 15 years ago for a couple of years. They put me to sleep and did not prevent the cramps. Dr then prescribed Robaxin which was unreliable at pretty high dosages. I developed spinal issues both in the neck and low back. Prescribed opioids throughout to alleviate pain of the back issues as well as the muscle cramps. Soma for at least the last 7 years. Very effective at preventing, and even stopping attacks. 10 minutes to take effect. No noticeable side effects or withdrawal. Maybe just lucky. Great med.”

10 / 10
que no · Taken for 1 to 2 years November 8, 2014

Soma (carisoprodol) for Muscle Spasm: “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.”

10 / 10
squjirrelgirl · Taken for 10 years or more May 9, 2018

Soma (carisoprodol) for Nocturnal Leg Cramps: “I haven taken Soma for many years for a combination of back pain issues and leg cramps at night. I only took two a day, once at 4pm and once at bedtime. I did take four a day at one time. It works wonders! I don't have a "hangover" I don't need opiates for pain, only Motrin, and I am not a pill seeker. Now, my doc is also scared of the DEA thanks to the idiots who eat this like candy and wants me to take some other muscle relaxer rx'd for multiple sclerosis that "isnt on the schedule." REALLY? This is a small dose, it works, whats going on here? The government needs to get out of peoples medicine chests and their business and let the doctors do their jobs with their trusted patients.”

10 / 10
kevnstacie · Taken for 5 to 10 years February 26, 2013

Soma (carisoprodol) for Muscle Spasm: “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.”

10 / 10
PJPained · Taken for 10 years or more October 15, 2016

Soma (carisoprodol) for Muscle Spasm: “I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, herniated discs in my neck and lower back, deterioration of my spine, etc. I've been on soma and a pain med, for over 15 years. I take them only when my back starts spasming out. A combination of being in pain constantly and the fibro. They are the only muscle relaxer that works, and I can only take one brand, as the others make me nauseous. Whatever they throw in for fill. Now the DEA, is getting into all our business, and on the doctors backs. I've never had a problem with my meds, I'm almost 60 yrs old, and they want to take the only thing that works for me away! All because of certain idiots that Don't take it properly. I have a child to take of, which i cant do laying in bed.”

10 / 10
redrobin73 · Taken for 10 years or more August 12, 2014

Soma (carisoprodol) for Nocturnal Leg Cramps: “I have been taking Soma for 14 years and Dr's have tried giving me other muscle relaxants that do not work. When I first started taking them I felt relief very fast. My script is for 4 a day. I usually take 2 at bedtime and they give me the rest I need. They are great for leg cramps and any other muscle problems you may have. They have never made me feel weird or out of it. They don't make me feel drowsy the next day. If I am having a really bad day I will take one mid morning and then in the late afternoon. These work the best and I am not addicted to them.”

10 / 10
Centavo · Taken for 10 years or more October 1, 2019

Soma (carisoprodol) for Muscle Spasm: “Soma has been a lifesaver for me, I've been fused C3-C7 (almost whole cervical spine), my entire lumbar spine is bulging and/or torn, I have MS (bad spasms), and inoperable arthritis in both hips. Soma is the only muscle relaxer that works on all those muscle groups. Seems like all the good patients that follow the rules are paying the price due to irresponsible people or addicts. I can still get mine and insurance pays some with a pre approval but who knows for how long”

10 / 10
Mr Z May 13, 2017

Soma (carisoprodol) for Muscle Spasm: “I have Lupus, and it's compromising my central and peripheral nervous system. This left me with muscle spasms that were so bad I live in fear of them. Soma eliminated this problem, but when the DEA told physicians to stop prescribing it, I became a victim of the war on drugs. I am not a drug addict. I'm a hard working American who doesn't deserve to be treated like this. All this just happened in the last 6 months. Soma worked for me and now I can't obtain it.”

10 / 10
popeye03 February 8, 2013

Soma (carisoprodol) for Muscle Spasm: “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.”

10 / 10
Lililluminati November 16, 2019

Soma (carisoprodol) for Muscle Spasm: “I was originally prescribed soma for muscle pain in my back after being in multiple car wrecks. My doctor continued prescribing it through the 2011 crackdown by the feds. All the while saying “they’re taking it off the market”. On my last visit I heard that he’s closing his practice so if I cannot find another doctor who’ll prescribe it I’m basically so out of luck. Over the last few months I’ve been experiencing soma outages in pharmacies all over this area. The Watson brand (which anyone who takes this med will tell you is the only one that works well) has been acquired by Teva. In my opinion Teva make subpar meds and their carisoprodol is no exception. However, it’s still the one with the DAN 5513 stamp and that’s the only one that works (albeit not as well). So Teva acquires Watson and just stops making it altogether. Pharmacies are telling me they can’t even backorder it.”

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