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Soma Compound Medication
Cautious with soma (carisoprodol): Soma (carisoprodol) is a muscle relaxant. I tend to be very cautious with Soma (carisoprodol) and have never prescribed it for back aches for two reasons 1) there are much better treatment modalities out there 2) it has substantial addiction and abuse potential. I might continue it if a patient's been on it for years and years from another doc, but will never use it as a first, second, or even third line medication. ...Read more
What medications can be used to treat thorasic back pain. MRI shows spurs and some minor impingement. Soma does nothing.
Neuromodulators: Besides over-the-counter anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen prescription neuromodulators can be used like gabapentin, pregabalin. Accupuncture can help. For medically refractory pain epidural steroid injections, radiofrequency ablation through pain medicine. avoid opioids at all cost. ...Read more
Seizures caused from depleation of good sodium in my body. Caused from over medication of drug soma. Went into hospital, they brought sodium levels up through i.V's. Taking Depakote 500 mg. 1x per day to avoid seizures. Suggest support groups, effects on
It is probably true than anyone can have a seizure under the right conditions. These conditions include poisoning by prescription or recreational drugs, withdrawal from prescription or recreational drugs (including alcohol), brain injuries, general illnesses, and abnormal levels of blood salts (electrolytes -- including sodium). When people have seizures with provocation, they are not considered to have epilepsy, and usually don't require long term seizure medication.
People who have a tendency to have repeated seizures with little or no provocation have epilepsy. The diagnosis is made by history, and supported by results from tests like brain-wave recordings (eegs) and brain imaging (usually mri). Epilepsy usually does require long-term use of seizure medications like depakote, or other interventions like epilepsy surgery.
Taking Depakote for a provoked seizure is an unusual clinical approach. Depakote can be given for other reasons. Since Depakote use can be accompanied by serious short term and long term side effects, it is important to see a doctor to develop a better understanding for its use in specific cases. ...Read more
Depends: On whether they test for it. In some areas where abuse of carisoprodol is common (and it is one of the drugs that are "pushed" in pill mills (together with alprazolam/xanax) along with opioids. On routine 7 or 10 panel tests that look for opiates, benzos, cocaine, amphetamine, marijuana, barbiturates, PCP etc) it is NOT tested for. It is, however, a highly abusable and dangerous drug. ...Read more
Not likely: Soma (carisoprodol) is not specifically tested for. However, I wonder about the motivation of this question. Soma (carisoprodol) can be mis-used. Have a frank discussion with your doctor about it's proper use. Focus on getting help for your symptoms and not on obtaining a medication. You are in control of your health. Don't become dependent on a medication. ...Read more
Muscle relaxant: Soma (carisoprodol) is metabolically transformed in the body to meprobamate, and adverse events can include drowsiness, dizziness, nausea, and general fatigue. Many pts have trouble tolerating the medicine, and may do better on other muscle relaxants. On occasion habituation or frank addiction may develop with chronic usage. ...Read more
No: No, there are two diff categories, and Soma (carisoprodol) will never show up in your urein test as a benzo. ...Read more
I have ruptured, stenosis, nerve dmg, and facet syndrome. I'm 31 Been on Soma (carisoprodol) 9yrs. It's a miracle drug. Why am I gettin cut off from it? When it works
Ask your Doctor: That is a question that your personal doctor needs to answer for you. ...Read more
What's the best way to detox and get off of drugs? I've went inpatient 2 times and been sent ers to hospitals atleast 11 times and I almost took over my life. I was on soma, xanax, vicoden, adderall. I went in a coma and my parent called 911, I woke up the
Detox?: Detox is only the first step, and it seems you've already been through this at least twice. You seem to have some very persistent addictions, and may or may not be staying involved with outpatient recovery programs after discharge. This is the hardest part -- but also the most ongoing thing that will save your life. The big question is: are you willing to stop using? If so, see your doctor. ...Read more
Is it safe to take norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) and soma? What are the interactions between these two drugs. I got prescription from dentist for norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) and use Soma for my back. Safe?
Not necessarily: Soma is a very poor muscle relaxant meant for short term use only. It's metabolites are barbiturates, which cause sedation as well as withdrawal. Combine the sedative effects from Norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) with the Soma and it may cause increased sedation which could have serious side effects. You should alert you pcp that you are taking these two drugs prescribed by two different providers. ...Read more
Safe: Very safe, so long as you are not taking anything that interacts with the medication. ...Read more