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A 40-year-old male asked:

I take kolonipin 1 mg 3 times a day.. had a fusion and was prescribed 5 mg percocet and 350 mg soma (carisoprodol)... is this ok to take ?

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Dr. Elena Padrell
Psychiatry 40 years experience
OK with guidelines: The mix of benzodiazepines and opiates, like the ones given to you for pain, is unfortunately a very common practice . It has potential risks for addiction and to worsen depression. However you may be in need of such mix at this point in time. Good for you to be concerned, make sure you only take them as prescribed and try to request a titration or downscale as soon as you can.
Dr. Susan Rhoads
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Soma is not a good choice for a muscle relaxant in my view. It's very hard to get off of for many people. Some people have a harder time getting off of Soma, after regular use, than they have getting off of opiates or benzodiazepines. Dr. Padrells is correct, stop any addicting medications as soon as possible. While Soma is not technically "addictive", it is so in reality.
Nov 24, 2015
Dr. Susan Rhoads
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Flexeril is also a muscle relaxant that is listed as a "drug of concern," when used for a month or more. So don't take this one either long term.
Nov 24, 2015
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Pet peeve of mine - NO medication is "addictive" - MANY are capable of causing physical dependency, and Soma is definitely one of those. It is metabolized to meprobamate, which is a barbiturate-like sedative capable of profound physical dependency and withdrawal that includes DTs, and is highly abusable. It should be off the market, but like the butalbital in Fioricet etc., it is way too popular.
Nov 24, 2015

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