What is Soma?

Muscle pain and spasms can be incredibly painful. Often, those suffering from these maladies will opt to skip the natural pain relief options and ask their doctor for muscle relaxant drugs. A muscle relaxant is a drug that affects skeletal muscle function and decreases muscle tone. On the whole, muscle relaxants are not painkillers, nor are they opioids. These drugs are relatively well tolerated with few side effects. Here, we’ll discuss the muscle relaxer Soma, which is the brand name for a drug called carisoprodol.

What is Soma?
Soma is a muscle relaxer, similar to the other drugs in its class, with one key difference: it is the only muscle relaxer to be classified as a controlled substance. This is due to its potential for abuse and addiction.

In recent years, the Soma muscle relaxant, referencing carisoprodol in particular, has come under fire for a vast increase in the number of cases of users becoming addicted. According to Consumer Reports, “The FDA has not approved any skeletal muscle relaxant for long-term use, says Charles E. Argoff, M.D., a professor of neurology at Albany Medical College and director of the Comprehensive Pain Program at the Albany Medical Center. Soma (carisoprodol) in particular is a bad choice because of its abuse and addiction potential.” Local residents that are addicted to Soma or other drugs should seek a drug rehab treatment center in Albany that can help overcome their addiction or abuse.

Often, problems arise when Soma muscle relaxers are taken in conjunction with other drugs, prescription or otherwise, which can bring about a calm, sedated feeling similar in nature to an opioid high. It has become increasingly common for patients with a Soma prescription to mix it with other drugs, including opioids like Vicodin and anxiety medications like Xanax. This dangerous combination of powerful drugs has become infamously known as the “Holy Trinity” and its widespread fame has made it a popular combination for people struggling with substance use disorder in recent years.

According to pharmacytimes.com, “When combined, these drugs are synergistic in causing respiratory depression and could collectively result in death.”

For these reasons, people suffering from muscle pain should opt for other types of pain relief if at all possible. Physical therapy, hot and cold compresses and over-the-counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen or naproxen are all great options for relieving pain without relying on medication that could become addictive.

If you or a loved one are struggling with substance use disorder involving Soma or other drugs, we invite you to contact our compassionate and well-trained team at The Recovery Village. Even if you just have questions you’d like answered, we’re here and ready to help in any way we can.

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