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Tizanidine Vs Soma
I took 2 zanaflex (tizanidine) last night I ran out of somas am I going to fail my urine test tomorrow?
Depends on the test: Do they test for soma (carisoprodol) now ? that isn't in the standard panels but then, soma (carisoprodol) is only recently classed as a controlled substance. This sounds like you've been completely out of soma (carisoprodol) for 24 hrs or less. Varies with the individual but generally soma (carisoprodol) would still be in urine for at least 2 days. Don't overly flush the system with water/caffeine. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is a drug that is used as a muscle relaxant. It is a centrally acting α2 adrenergic agonist. It is used to treat the spasms, cramping, and tightness of muscles caused by medical problems such as multiple sclerosis, spastic diplegia, back pain, or certain other injuries to the spine ...Read more
Whats the diff between Zanaflex (tizanidine) & soma, and which one tends to work better for torticollis & spasms?
Muscle relaxers : Both medications are muscle relaxers. They should both work somewhat for torticollis but have different side effects that shod be discussed with a physician to determine the best choice for a particular person. Other treatments such as botulinum toxin injections should be considered for torticollis as they can be very effective. ...Read more
Prescribed zanaflex (tizanidine) for spasm. Haven't slept well all week. Doc said would knock me out. Wide awake. I have pbc of liver. I thought soma pref?
Soma (carisoprodol) not preferred: Soma is not a good medication, there are terrible problems with addiction to that drug. Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl) is another alternative for spasm. Also make sure you are well hydrated and add a multivitamin/multimineral supplement daily. Stretching, warm soaks and daily exercise can also help prevent spasms. ...Read more
Is Soma or Zanaflex (tizanidine) more effective than flexeril? For torticollus and back pain. I've had all kinds of labs and scans, im merely curious
Going off Soma (carisoprodol) from 3x/day to 2x day for 3 dys, to 1 for 2 dys to start on tizanidine HCl 4mg. Muscles spasms very painful after missing dose. Used ice packs. woke up w/migraine. Why change med?
What muscle relaxant would you prescribe for chronic neck & back pain? Soma, zanaflex, (tizanidine) flexeril?
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
No: Talk to your pcp.They are different class of medications for different purposes.It will not hurt if you take them together. ...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
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
CNS depression: Combining Soma (carisoprodol) with Buprenorphine may enhance the central nervous system depressive effects of buprenorphine. You should either avoid other CNS depressants altogether or reduce the dosage/frequency of Soma (carisoprodol) in combination with suboxone. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Both powerful.: They are different b/c Ambien (zolpidem) is a sedative/hypnotic and Soma is a muscle relaxant. They can both cause drowsiness but are used for different purposes. Both can be potentially dangerous in high doses and cause respiratory cessation or coma. You can have withdrawal seizures if they are stopped abruptly after being taken in high doses. ...Read more