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For Muscle Spasm "Soma is a drug that should only be used temporarily. It works wonders but can give you a "drunk" feeling when taking it. If taken for months it can build up in your body and make it toxic. My mother almost died over this drug. Be careful. It's strong and too much of it can stop your heart or breathing very quickly."

   
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Nuitdelamort (taken for less than 1 month) March 21, 2017

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For Muscle Spasm "I never got high on this drug. For some reason Soma gets converted to something else which is a barbituate. I got flack from Drs. in 2002 and a pharmacist who said that it was very wrong for anyone to take it. But I have had a DNA test and I am an ultrametabolizer of all benzodiazepines and all but one barbituate ( Doriden ). I no longer take controlled substances because either they don't work on me or more to the point, these days, Drs. just don't like to prescribe them. Upshot, Soma works, but Drs. are scared of the DEA."

PharmasBitch March 10, 2017

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For Muscle Spasm "I have fibromyalgia, have fractured my back and had fusion surgery in the cervical area of my back. I had taken soma for close to 35 years as it was the only muscle relaxant that worked and I could tolerate. I moved from La. to Tx 4 years ago and had to start using a new pain management dr. I have no problem with the dr. However in Tx no dr will prescribe soma. Now I have daily muscle spasms increasing the overall amount of pain I have. I have developed severe tailbone pain which makes it very difficult to work. It upsets that I had to go from controlled symptoms to totally uncontrolled. I take pain meds but that does not help when you have muscle spasms as I do.only dulls the pain. So my quality of life is horrible and it is not right �"

   
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Bbec (taken for 10 years or more) February 17, 2017

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For Muscle Spasm "I had been taking soma for the past 6 or 7 years for muscle spasms. I only ever took one at bedtime to eliminate leg spasms and get a perfect 8 hours of sleep. My doctor will now no longer prescribe it because the FDA morons think they know better than him. Tried Xanaflex, and it left me with what felt like a kidney infection, crazy dreams and it was only good for 4-6 hours of sleep. About to try baclofen. Haven't slept well in 3 weeks. I think the FDA is trying to kill me. If it wasn't so far to Canada, I would leave now."

   
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FEDOUT (taken for 5 to 10 years) January 26, 2017

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For Muscle Spasm "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 deminished 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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This medication has helped me (taken for 5 to 10 years) December 23, 2016

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For Muscle Spasm "I was in mva,resulting in C ,T and L-spine fx, had 4 major surgery procedures & with 50/50 chance of death or possible paralysis from neck down! Fortunately I have positive results, with combination of pain medication & soma,I have at least been able to survive! Soma is the only muscle relaxer that actually works.My new pain management Dr.does not like it & wants me to discontinue using it. He is young, and at my age 68 ,I would prefer to live a better quality of life vs living longer and and suffering even more! I have read most of the studies, but these people do not live in severe pain and I have been in other rx stud studies,& they are not convincing or long term, I think these are big pharma slanted! Soma has been the best & only one"

   
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Misha girl 8 (taken for 10 years or more) November 4, 2016

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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."

   
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PJPained (taken for 10 years or more) October 15, 2016

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For Muscle Spasm "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."

   
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Steve1324 October 15, 2016

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For Muscle Spasm "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."

   
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No time for down time (taken for 5 to 10 years) September 8, 2016

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For Muscle Spasm "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."

   
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Foxtrotz (taken for 5 to 10 years) June 24, 2016

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For Muscle Spasm "Does absolutely nothing for me except make me a little dizzy. I'm in more pain now than before I started taking it. Absolutely the most useless prescription I've ever had."

   
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Kaiju June 21, 2016

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For Muscle Spasm "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."

   
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LongRideHome (taken for 10 years or more) June 18, 2016

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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!!!"

   
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Powder45 (taken for 10 years or more) April 8, 2016

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For Muscle Spasm "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."

   
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Anonymous February 27, 2016

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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."

   
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hikarl (taken for 5 to 10 years) January 27, 2016

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For Muscle Spasm "Why do most doctors not like to prescribe this? They say it's a bad medicine. It's the only one that has ever worked for muscles spasms for me."

   
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silkgirl2 (taken for 10 years or more) January 26, 2016

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"I've been taking soma for at least 7 years due to several fusions neck and back, plus muscle spasms but it seems though the FDA don't think prescibing something that works is a good idea !! So now once again I need to go w/o them until hopefully my appeal goes thru. Plus I guess I'll be going thru withdrawal symptoms since they only give you basically a 30 day warning that the Insurance co will no longer cover them. Luckily for me since I do take other opioids it won't be as bad, but these are what helps me function better plus help me sleep. It's not an outrageously high in cost but with my disability check which is not much I can't afford to pay full price, that's what I thought Ins was for: well duh on me!I have enuogh problems and don't need this."

   
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vikki459 (taken for 5 to 10 years) January 18, 2016

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For Muscle Spasm "They work well enough to calm down spasm to where I can be mobilized.. Walk, bend, play with my family... And take care of them as well.."

   
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Sissy yeye January 5, 2016

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For Muscle Spasm "Works for about and hour then my excruciating back spasms came back and it says take one every 8 hours!"

   
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dizzy1959 December 20, 2015

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For Muscle Spasm "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."

   
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1roof (taken for 10 years or more) December 5, 2015

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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."

   
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Patient Advocate December 4, 2015

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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."

   
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JJ222 September 22, 2015

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For Muscle Spasm "I have severe lower back sciatica problems especially on right side, and effects inner right leg. I have been on numerous medications with no relief from pain. But some which if I need only take at night and only take as needed. Yes I have been on this medication off and on for yrs because Kaiser will not cover then then do. So when they don't I have to try something else which as of right now has not helped with pain. Yes sometime I have slight lightheaded. But never severe. And with this medication I get to sleep and wake up usually so much better. But once again Kaiser as of July 2015 I was told will not cover and Drs can not prescribe. So once again I need to try other meds."

LaLoca64 July 28, 2015

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For Muscle Spasm "I've had muscle spasms in my back for 10+ yrs tried skelaxin, robaxin, flexeral, and norflex and they all barely helped but the soma helped tremendously!!!"

   
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Dubsy July 21, 2015

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For Muscle Spasm "This med is flat out dangerous..I'm prescribed Xanax 1mg three times daily. DO NOT MIX THESE TWO..I was on both carisoprodol and Xanax and I had not 1 but 2 overdoses accidentally - not on purpose. I literally was airlifted to two different hospitals within a month and a half. This is a great medication for its intended purpose however it is extremely addicting. It should be labeled schedule 2 in my opinion as to the danger this medication holds when taken with another CNS..I also suffer from panic disorder and anxiety."

   
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Ndawg669 (taken for 1 to 6 months) June 4, 2015

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