User Reviews for Carisoprodol
Also known as: Soma, Vanadom
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Reviews for Carisoprodol to treat Muscle Spasm
"I have fibromyalgia. Bulges disc c2-c7 spinal nueropo.stenosis.plantar fasciitis severe migraines.Lost my last job could not take opioid or xanax to stop pain n clear fibro. fog. Had been in bad aaccident1995.Pain level 10. Pain clinic doctor just told me to stop soma since I'm on Opoids and Morphine. Started tapering off. My MD told me yesterday Soma is not going to be prescribed anymore. I haven't been having withdrawals but my spasms are back to a 10. My sleep is distributed again and my sciatica is tightening up. I will be taking the new muscle relaxes but nothing but soma and zanaflez combined to totally stopped spasms. I will take as prescribed but is taking the effectiveness of my pain meds.I also have depression, anxiety panic PTSD."
bailey61 (taken for 10 years or more) October 21, 2016
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Soma (carisoprodol): "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."
PJPained (taken for 10 years or more) October 15, 2016
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Soma (carisoprodol): "I have Ankylosing Spondylitous and have suffered for 30 years with muscle spasms the whole time. Ive been on Soma for 12 years (2 a day) and have had tremendous relief. It allows me to work and contribute like a normal person. Nothing else works like this and now as of 10/01/16 my health care provider will not prescribe it anymore! All because a few knuckleheaded people abuse it and end up addicted. Now Im on a journey through all the other muscle relaxers to find something that will work like Soma. Just got my first round of something else that look like horse pills that I have to take 4x a day. Wait, I thought change was a good thing....................................Not so much in this case."
Steve1324 October 15, 2016
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"This medication works great for pain and for bad leg pain I can take four 5mg oxycodone ,but nothing helps my pain like Soma. I am the only patient my doctor prescribes them for It is tens times better than some of the other ones I have taken. The Dea needs to back off cutting people off prescriptions. I have known many people in pain who turned to heroin. It is sad."
Pohgie (taken for 10 years or more) October 7, 2016
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"Great Med for lower back issues such as mine(Sciatica w/radiation) Also works well for anxiety issues too. I recommend speaking to your doctor about it. However being a controlled substance some doctors will not write it or will be skeptical of prescribing for long periods of time."
Eman86 (taken for 2 to 5 years) October 6, 2016
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Soma (carisoprodol): "I have suffered from chronic back pain and spasms for about 20 years. I've been prescribed a large variety of different medication and by far, somas are the only relaxer I've been prescribed that really really works. My Dr doesn't like to prescribe them however, he knows that I don't abuse any medication. I only take something when really necessary. I get muscle spasms in my rib area that makes it very difficult to breathe or move. I also have them in my lower back. I also have a herniated disc, a protruding disk, a bulging disc, and degenerative disc disease. I always break it in half, and normally that's enough to calm the spasms in about 10 to 15 minutes. It helps a great deal with pain and the only one that doesn't knock me out."
No time for down time (taken for 5 to 10 years) September 8, 2016
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Soma (carisoprodol): "A wonderful medication with no apparent side effects that just works. It does make you feel good, which can equate to some psychological dependency, however it is not physically addicting. I have been on 350 mg three times per day. It is a wonderful relief from pain medication to help pain in my back and neck. This is derived from a discontinued medication called Miltown, which was derived from a barbiturate."
Foxtrotz (taken for 5 to 10 years) June 24, 2016
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Soma (carisoprodol): "Soma 350mg is a wonder drug for my back pain (L3L4 herinated disc). It can be hard to get, It gave many doctors a bad taste so to speak. I only take it as needed. I have tried just about every muscle relaxer over the years. The only one that comes close to soma is called zanaflex, But there is no contest soma works the best for my back pain. I take it when my pain scale is 7/8 out of 10. It usually takes me down to a 3/4 within 30 to 45 mins. However use this time to rest your back because the effects of soma do not last very long. It starts to loose its effect in 2-3 hours. Also it works best for me once a day as needed. I also take tramadol 50mg and gabapentin 600mg for pain."
LongRideHome (taken for 10 years or more) June 18, 2016
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"Can't seem to get off this drug. At four a day (prescribed) I am out within 2 weeks. That leaves me miserable for the next 2 weeks as I've never purchased them online and I know of nobody else prescribed to them. I've tried cold turkey, tapering, substitution and nothing works. I'm really scared..."
Sadie2016! (taken for 1 to 2 years) April 29, 2016
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"It helped me a great deal and when I switched drs nobody will prescribe it and I've taken it for 17 yrs without a problem with it and I was just abruptly taken off of it and these drs dont want to prescribe it because of its reputation and people like me that need it are the ones that suffer"
unjustly treated (taken for 10 years or more) April 25, 2016
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"They do work wonders for not being a narcotic...Be careful thou I took to many one time and was at the bank teller booth and I couldn't speak. The guy behind me told the teller I was having a stroke but I don't remember anything but waking up in the emergency room with an accidental overdose. They do work but if your an addict be careful.....They are very good for there purpose......."
UMPIRE April 22, 2016
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Soma (carisoprodol): "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!!!"
Powder45 (taken for 10 years or more) April 8, 2016
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Soma (carisoprodol): "I have been on somas for 5 years for my back spasms. There are the only thing that I have found that works for me. I tried many other muscle relaxants and none worked. I do physical work and they make it easier to move around."
Anonymous February 27, 2016
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Soma (carisoprodol): "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."
hikarl (taken for 5 to 10 years) January 27, 2016
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"Severe lumbar and cervical muscle spasms. Tried Parafon Forte with no relief I would rate this drug a 0 out of 1-10. Robaxin 750 I would rate this a 3 out of 10. Flexeril I cannot stay awake had to discontinue. Skelaxin I had to discontinue due to chest tightness and stomach issues. Zanaflex I had to discontinue due to severe hypotension. Soma I will give a 10 it is the only drug in its class that actually smooths muscle tone. I have taken it numerous times over many year's. It is a shame that professional sports were handing them out like candy and athletes were abusing the drug leading to a class IV reclassification. It is difficult to even find a doctor who will prescribe Soma a drug around since 1959."
86bluemr2 (taken for 10 years or more) January 10, 2016
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Soma (carisoprodol): "Started taking after spinal fusion constant muscle spasms with any activity. Can bite off a piece when needed never increased dosage in 10 years. People with addictive personality can get hooked on anything its just in there DNA. This drug helped me work much longer than I could have without it."
1roof (taken for 10 years or more) December 5, 2015
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Soma (carisoprodol): "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."
Patient Advocate December 4, 2015
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"Soma is an excellent and efficient medication for muscle spasms. The only issue I've ever seen or know about from other people is it's HIGHLY addictive especially to people who have addiction problems. Unfortunately half of the addicts in the town I live in abuses them which punishes those of us who actually need it for legitimate medical problems."
Melsky693 September 28, 2015
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Soma (carisoprodol): "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."
JJ222 September 22, 2015
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"I have severe TMJ disfunction along with a long list of other painful medical conditions, and I've tried almost every muscle relaxer out there (zanaflex, flexeril, norflex, skelaxin, robaxin, etc), and nothing comes close to the relief I get from soma. I also take a long acting pain killer with the soma 3 times a day and it's really improved my quality of life. The only downside is sometimes it makes me quite drowsy/dizzy, so I never take it before I have to drive somewhere. However I'd much rather be a little loopy on my couch than be in excruciating pain 24/7!"
Ruby92 September 14, 2015
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