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Soma/Carisoprodol

Being told by pain management doctors I’ve consulted when moving to another state that with combination of Morphine Sulphate ER (just removed from Oxycontin ER) for keeping all pain level throughout the day with Norco for breakthrough, that the Soma/Carisoprodol I’ve also been taking — all meds on & off over 20 years now — for the horrible muscle spasms in my back and radicular pain in my leg (due to scar tissue enveloping my sciatic nerve that CANNOT be removed) that the Soma “will kill me” and that it will no longer be manufactured thereby... that’s it, end of story, you CANNOT have what has been WORKING!!  Has anyone else been told the same? How is it I am not dead??  Is it that by removing what works for me and will obviously put me in more pain and make me even less active better for the U.S. government and State law now that my doctors are AFRAID to give us what works so they can CYA???  I am livid as this new doctor and clinic I moved to after an awful experience with another, has left me in a lurch by not even allowing a taper and/or alternative.  Although, yet again, pressure, pressure, pressure to try a SCS.  I have done extensive research on these devices and after 2 psych evals have proven I am NOT a candidate, these doctors seemingly are taking away the medications that WORK and push these UNWANTED devices!!  Anyone having same issues... NOT being prescribed Soma/Carisoprodol and/or be pressured to have a SCS implant?

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  • I was on zanaflex (tizanadine) for years, then baclofen, then both baclofen and tizanadine, before switching to Soma a few years ago. I just had my meds refilled and nothing was said to me regarding Soma becoming unavailable.



  • I checked GoodRx News and didn’t see anything about Soma being discontinued. It’s also inexpensive. Without insurance about $12.

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  • MrNyleMrNyle Posts: 109
    edited 05/27/2018 - 4:23 PM

    The doctor is lying to you that Soma will no longer be manufactured.  The reason they don't want to prescribe is because it's one of the drugs that addicts like to abuse.  Addicts on the street with no prescription will take handfuls of Soma with their Heroin/Fentanyl and then die.  It's not even certain that they're getting it from patients since many pills are illegally imported from overseas and go directly to the black market.  So to most doctors that means that legitimate pain patients can't have it anymore.  The CDC (which has no business practicing medicine) also recommends to not prescribe Soma with opiates....

    I know what you mean about moving states and being treated like crap.  I've experienced that myself.  Some states are MUCH more anti-drug than others.  You could try and visit every single doctor in a reasonable distance and see what they say.  If they all say the same thing then maybe you should think about moving back.  I'm also thinking about moving back to my home state.

  • Soma has been around since the 50's and is still manufactured and available. Like you, it is the only muscle relaxant that provides relief for me. The problem is that Soma has become a popular street drug which is used to potentiate the effect of other drugs; mainly narcotics. So, in a nutshell because Soma is a popular drug of abuse, Docs are hesitant to prescribe it even when proven to be effective. It has been made a controlled drug and like narcotics any prescriptions for it are tracked pretty closely.  Again, a big THANK YOU to all the idiots who abuse these and other meds for making life hell for those of us with legitimate problems that require these medications and because of your behavior can no longer obtain them!!!!!

  • I loved carisoprodol but it only worked (for me) for about a week. My current doctor won’t prescribe it anyway. 

    ACDF C4-5 June 23rd, 2011

    Another surgery in the near future. I am 26 years old.

    Current Meds- Norco 7.5/325, Cymbalta 60mg, Gabapentin, Adderall 20mg
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  • I have been taking Soma since the 80s as it is the only muscle relaxant that works for me besides valium. Last years I heard the same story from my doc about Soma. Did some research and found that it had been made a controlled drug and found that apparently a lot of folks love to abuse it. OK, whatever floats your boat but it just pisses me off when these arbitrary decisions are made that affect folks because some idiot needs to get high!! Anyway, Soma is still around and I get my 90 day supply like clockwork although I need to show my drivers license and answer a ton of questions when I go to pick it up.      I feel that they think if it's tooo much of a hassle to obtain then folks will stop abusing it..... Unreal..

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