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Help for Soma Addicts

Soma (generic name: carisoprodol) is a prescription muscle relaxer that can be addictive if used beyond the recommended dosage or duration. Taking Soma can also be problematic if abused in combination with other substances such as alcohol, opiates and other prescription sedatives.

Hear from others who have loved ones struggling with substance abuse.

Abuse of the drug is increasingly prevalent and it is found to be more addictive than originally believed. Treatment approaches frequently include one or more of the following:

  • Medical detoxification.
  • Inpatient or residential rehabilitation.
  • Outpatient treatment.
  • Aftercare and relapse prevention.

Is It Addictive?

Soma effectively blocks the pain pathway between nerves and the brain. It acts on the central nervous system (CNS) and produces:

  • Feelings of sedation.
  • Decreased feelings of pain.
  • Reduced anxiety.
  • Drowsiness.

Soma is a Schedule IV controlled substance, meaning it has the potential for abuse and addiction; it may even be addictive to those taking it as directed, especially if the user has a history of substance abuse. Soma’s potential for abuse and addiction is especially high when it is taken:

  • Above the recommended dosage.
  • For prolonged periods of time.
  • In combination with other prescription and illegal drugs, or when combined with alcohol.

Abuse and dependence potential are thought to be due to Soma’s metabolite meprobamate, a compound that impacts receptors in the brain to slow brain and nervous system activity. Meprobamate itself was once a widely prescribed sedative drug (marketed under the name Miltown), with known addictive potential.

High or prolonged levels of meprobamate in your blood can lead to dependency. In fact, long-term use of the drug is associated with abuse and dependency. One can develop tolerance for the drug quickly, requiring higher and higher doses to achieve the same effect.  Soma is normally prescribed for no more than 2-3 weeks to lessen the risk of tolerance and dependency.

Did You Know?

  • Those using Soma to get high often combine it with other drugs and alcohol to enhance its effects. It is often mixed with:
    • Alcohol.
    • Codeine (Soma Coma).
    • Vicodin (Las Vegas Cocktail).
  • Many also use Soma to cope with withdrawal from various narcotics.
  • Use and abuse of the drug has increased over the last 10-15 years. In 2000, it was the second most frequently prescribed muscle relaxant. That same year, it was ranked the 20th most abused drug by the Drug Abuse Warning Network.
  • It’s nonmedical use doubled between 2004 and 2008.
  • In 2012, Soma was classified as a Schedule IV controlled substance, requiring it to be federally controlled due to its potential for abuse.

What are the Signs of Addiction?

It may be difficult to identify specific signs and symptoms for addiction to Soma, as it is often  abused with other drugs. Signs can vary and are dependent on frequency of use, combination use with other drugs and past user drug history. Common signs and symptoms that may indicate Soma abuse include:

  • Hypnotic, lethargic feeling/state.
  • Drowsiness.
  • Loss of coordination.
  • Slurred speech.
  • Euphoria.
  • Decreased anxiety.
  • Blurred vision.
  • Dizziness.

  • Chest tightness.
  • Speeding heart rate.
  • Tremors.
  • Depression.
  • Insomnia.
  • Stomach problems.
  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Inability to think clearly.

Addiction Treatment

Due to the severity of withdrawal symptoms (abdominal pain, depression, heachache, insomnia, nausea, etc.), many people choose to get off Soma through medically supervised detox and treatment.

Treatment can be complex, especially when Soma is combined with other drugs. In these cases. Rehabilitation programs that include therapy and detoxification steps are often required for successful recovery from prescription drug addiction.

Call Our Hotline Today

If you or someone you know might be addicted to Soma, it is extremely important to get treatment as soon as possible. Long-term abuse or overdose of this drug can lead to seizures, damaged organs, and hospitalization.

Don’t let Soma addiction steal one more day. Call 1-888-708-0796 to help yourself or a loved one today.

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Amanda Lautieri is a Senior Web Content Editor at American Addiction Centers and an addiction content expert for DrugAbuse.com. She holds a bachelor's degree and has reviewed thousands of medical articles on substance abuse and addiction.
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