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Soma for Muscle Spasm User Reviews

Soma has an average rating of 9.2 out of 10 from a total of 169 reviews for the treatment of Muscle Spasm. 92% of reviewers reported a positive experience, while 5% reported a negative experience.

Soma rating summary

9.2/10 average rating

169 ratings from 181 user reviews.

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Reviews for Soma

  • StarKat
  • Taken for 10 years or more
  • August 5, 2020

"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."

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  • Medic
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • January 25, 2019

"I have been in two severe rollover vehicle accidents in 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 doctor 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 doctors do their jobs!"

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  • Powder
  • Taken for 10 years or more
  • April 8, 2016

"I was on Soma for over 20 years for fibromyalgia. I moved to a different area and no doctor will prescribe it. What is wrong when you have tried every other muscle relaxant and I do mean every and none work or 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!!!"

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  • Katz
  • March 9, 2019

"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 rap. Listen, it works for people... we are not the ones abusing it."

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  • Prefer...
  • Taken for 5 to 10 years
  • September 13, 2018

"I take carisoprodol. The only brand that really works, though, are the ones with a V on them. DEA, please leave us who go through proper doctor visits and get regular 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 lawbreaker. 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 their own flesh! Just saying... stop punishing the WRONG people."

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  • bbano
  • February 27, 2019

"Most effective drug prescribed to date (350mg twice a day) for my numerous and severe chronic muscle spasms secondary to degenerative disc 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 primary care physician from the same medical center who treats patients based on individual medical needs and improving their quality of life, rather than someone else's recreational drug problem. He/She is MY doctor who is highly trained, experienced, and licensed to make medical decisions for their patients on ethical and medical grounds, while the regulatory world and non-caring doctors and other policymakers seek to limit access and make continued use more difficult each year."

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  • Ron
  • Taken for 5 to 10 years
  • July 23, 2019

"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."

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  • JJ222
  • September 22, 2015

"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, Tizanidine, etc. Soma works differently -- it's the only muscle relaxer that slows down the nerves instead of just causing central nervous system (CNS) depression. All other muscle relaxers only do CNS depression, and their theory is that 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."

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  • Patient...
  • December 4, 2015

"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 doctors. 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 doctor and anyone else who will listen."

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  • Gano
  • April 1, 2020

"Fusion L3-4 through L5-S1 in 1999 (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 2000. 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."

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  • Alice...
  • Taken for 10 years or more
  • January 5, 2014

"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."

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  • hikarl
  • Taken for 5 to 10 years
  • January 27, 2016

"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."

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  • kevns...
  • Taken for 5 to 10 years
  • February 26, 2013

"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."

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  • que...
  • Taken for 1 to 2 years
  • November 8, 2014

"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 painkiller daily dosage in half. I think the docs should stick to what is proven to work."

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  • Marley
  • Taken for 5 to 10 years
  • May 26, 2019

"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. I have to agree with the other comments on the government; they should keep their remarks on addiction and controlling society out of the lives of people who suffer from chronic pain, not to mention the impact it has on the treating physician. Yet, they are the ones 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 medications failed."

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  • PJPai...
  • Taken for 10 years or more
  • October 15, 2016

"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 care of, which I can't do laying in bed."

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  • Nana
  • Taken for 10 years or more
  • August 7, 2019

"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 a while. Then came the day when he was pressured into not prescribing it anymore. I haven't found a muscle relaxant that works yet!"

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  • Mr Z
  • May 13, 2017

"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."

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  • Michie
  • Taken for 2 to 5 years
  • August 8, 2019

"I get this medication every month. It helps with so many things, nerve damage, muscle pain, and 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 feel that this medication may be the answer for our opioid issues."

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  • popeye
  • February 8, 2013

"I have been on it for over six years. I am 44 years old and suffer from chronic migraines, degenerative disk disease, fibromyalgia, and more. I get tight muscle knots in my neck muscles that cause me terrible pain, leading to 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 I like Soma the best because I do not get tired from it. It has been a blessing."

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  • TIRED...
  • September 7, 2023

"This medicine saved my life. I have chronic pain for 17 years, and I continue to fight. But someone here said this should be a Schedule 2 medicine. No way, it's always a Schedule IV drug. Once I take this medicine, it stops my pain automatically. So people can say their stuff about this medicine, but without this medicine, I wouldn't be stable. Thanks to Soma and the generic Carisoprodol. No wonder this review is 9.2, it's one of the best medicines out there. The ones that want to abuse it are not good, making this medication out to be a bad drug. I love Soma, and I've been taking it for pain. It helps my shoulders, even the bone pain. I just pray they never get rid of this medicine, or I will be pissed."

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  • myaeger
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • July 18, 2014

"I've tried every kind of muscle relaxer from A-Z out there and Soma is the only one that has worked for me. I take it twice a day with my pain meds and have had no side effects from it at all. I have spinal stenosis and suffer from pain all day every day and it's so nice to have a little relief."

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  • This...
  • Taken for 5 to 10 years
  • December 23, 2016

"I have severe spinal stenosis and ddd. Not to mention a list of other things that cause me pain and loss of sleep. Kaiser has taken me off of Soma, and I have tried several other muscle relaxers; none work for me and the side effects were unbearable! My quality of life has diminished; soon, I won't be able to get out of bed. When I was taking Soma to control my pain from spasms, this was a miracle medicine. I have never had any side effects from it at all. Would a doctor stop giving medicine for other conditions like diabetes or heart disease? No! But they did with Soma. Due to this issue, I will be laying in bed for Christmas. Yeah, Merry Christmas! I cried myself to sleep last night. Thank you, Kaiser; that's your plan for me - live in pain."

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  • Centavo
  • Taken for 10 years or more
  • October 1, 2019

"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."

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  • cathie
  • August 6, 2014

"I have suffered from many ailments in the past few years, one of which was sliding on black ice while working, hitting my neck and back on a metal step to my bucket truck. The muscle spasms I get are just awful...muscles twisting and foot looks deformed when it happens. Soma is the only medication that gives any kind of relief. I take it sparingly as not to become dependent upon it. It does make you drowsy, but I would rather be somewhat drowsy than be in that horrible pain."

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