Soma Versus Baclofen

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I was recently switched from soma to baclofen. The Baclofen makes me feel very strange and I cannot function as well on it as I can with Soma. It makes me sleepy, and frankly just makes me feel like crap. The Soma works better for me as far as muscle spasms. The Baclofen does help spinal pain but does not work as quickly as Soma on spasms. My doctors in Alabama refuse to prescribe me Soma even though I have been put on different muscke rekaxers, Soma works best with my body. Why will doctors nor prescribe what works best for the individual. Every thing works different on different people. I want to be able to function and not be a zombie. What should I do. My pain clinic doctor only wants to get meds from him, but if he wont prescribe what works, I will get my pain meds from him and soma from another doctor. It would make it easier if he would just prescribe the soma. It works for me. I also have anxiety problems which the baclofen seems to make worse.



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Verwon Says:

Soma contains the active ingredient Carisoprodol and Baclofen is the generic for Liorisal, they are both used as muscle relaxants, but are different classes of medications and work a little differently.

The Baclofen is known to work better for spinal pain and spasms. That may be why your doctor wants you to use, another reason could be that Soma is more commonly abused.

Another issue is that some doctors just don't always want to admit that certain medications don't work as well for everyone that uses them. I've run into this, before, myself. Some of them tend to think that what they know has worked well for other patients will work well for all of them. Unfortunately, medications don't work that way.

What worked great, with no problematic side effects, doesn't always work as well for someone else and they could also experience all of the side effects.

The only thing I can think of suggesting is perhaps switching doctors.

Learn more:

https:/­/­www.medschat.com/­wiki/­Baclofen/­

https:/­/­www.medschat.com/­wiki/­Soma/­

Are there any comments or questions?

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Sandra Says:

I've had a problem with my doctor not wanting to prescribe soma also. He would rather prescribe lortab, which doesn't make sense to me, because my pain was largely due to stiffness (I have fibromyalgia). I accepted the lortab, because that's all he seemed willing to prescribe, and the other muscle relaxers either didn't work or had awful side effects (usually nightmares). But I KNEW that if my muscle stiffness could be relieved, my pain would be greatly reduced. There was no talking about it though. Really upset me too, because I know people who have been addicted to opiates, and even people who died. I'm not on them anymore, and I was careful taking them, but it still makes me rather angry that I was denied what seemed to be the lesser of the two evils. And for what reason, I do not know.

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Mark A. 73 Says:

Yeah your doctor is an i****. he is prescribing an opiate pain killer which is a schedule 3 drug meaning it has moderate to high potential for abuse and completely ignoring the root of the problem; a problem that seems can be solved with muscle relaxers. I don't understand his logic, see I worked at a retail pharmacy chain and would see so many addicts on Norco Lortabs and Oxycontin all powerful opiate painkillers. Soma at that time was unscheduled meaning it was thought to have no recreational value or capability of causing physical dependence. Then in 2012 the DEA changed it to a schedule 4 drug meaning that it is less addictive than lortab. There are 5 schedules of controlled substances. Schedule 1; are your illegal drugs, 2 - 5 are available through prescription with schedule 2 being the most addictive like adderall and morphine and schedule 5 drugs are the least addictive. I digress, I had a stint with some bad whiplash from a fender bender, more like fender gone. After my doc gave me flexeril and it didn't work, he prescribed me Soma. It is by far the best muscle relaxer I have tried. The pain in my neck and lowerback was gone. Not only that but it gave me a strange energy like buzz which was good because the flexeril made me super sleepy and useless. I did not abuse the Soma had no withdrawals when I stopped cold turkey. Granted I only took 2 to 3 a day for about 3 weeks but still I don't know why your doctor would give you a much more addictive drug that does not even hit the root of the problem. When I worked at the pharmacy I remember my pharmacist was super reluctant to fill scripts for it , making me call the doctors to make sure they were on it for legitimate reasons; like a written script was not enough. Yet he would give amphetamines (Adderall) to 8 yr old for ADD without a second thought. I once asked him why he did not like to fill Soma scripts; he said something like it turned into a barbiturate in the body and many junkies were using it with morphine and vicodin to produce a H like high. By itself, Soma seemed pretty innocuous to me and it worked like a charm. Shame the damn government has to put its big fat nose in everything including medicine and what is best for the patient.

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EDDY Says:

Great post Mark!

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Sandra Says:

One thing I forgot to mention is that I'm in Alabama also. My doctor told me over a year ago, that if I had suggested Soma just 3 months prior, he would have given it to me in a minute, but Alabama now has laws that doctors cannot prescribe Soma. REALLY????? That's crazy, cause like I said, it's the stiffness that's causing me the worst pain and it lasts most of the day too.

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EDDY Says:

I don't see the laws that say it can't be prescribed? It could be your doctor or group policy?

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Sandra Says:

I've looked for the laws as well, but finding the actual laws seem to be obscured on the internet, whether deliberately or coincidentally. I really do wish I could see this "law" for myself, but I had no reason to not believe my doctor when he told me this. I hope someone else will post if they know something more about this.

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EDDY Says:

Google Alabama Soma laws. I learned in W Va. Soma is a C3 but it is a C4 controlled med, same as the Federal schedule. Many Doctors have stopped writing for Soma and Alabama does have some strict laws in place. That does not mean you can't find Soma!

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Ali Says:
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I have a few questions and concerns regarding Soma and Baclofen. I have episodes where my entire body locks up in one position and makes involuntary movements. First I was given Zanaflex which did nothing. Then I was given Soma, I only took the Soma when I felt the above start to happen. It worked like a charm within 15-20 minutes. My neurologist called me today and recommended that I try Baclofen. I have no problem giving Baclofen a try. I'm just concerned that it won't work. I've never felt myself getting addicted to Soma. I thought if I didn't agree to try the Baclofen like my Dr suggested, he would think I was drug seeking the Soma. Any input would be greatly appreciated!

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EDDY Says:

Kind of strange that the doctor called you to change your medication. Most doctors stopped calling years back. Just another example of being taken off Soma. You will find the Zanaflex is like the Baclofen?

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Kyle Foster Says:
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I am a retired Marine with Fibro myalgia and I saw someone here talking about the stiffness of the spine. An RPG broke a veteran in my back so I can relate.

I have found that extremely deep tissue massage ( preferably That massage ) increases the blood flow and takes away some of the symptoms of Fibro myalgia. But beware. It is like being tortured, then you take your muscle relaxers after the massage to get the best benefit.

hope this helps at least one of you so pay it forward.

Semper Fi

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Kim Cooper Says:

I also was taking Soma twice a day and my internist took me off of it and has started me on Bacofen -I AM IN CONSTANT HEAD TO TOE PAIN WITH MIGRAIN!!! I CAN NOT STAND THIS!!!

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Dawna Says:
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I'm so sorry u have to go through. I currently was switched just started the bac today. The soma worked very well for me. My Dr. Explained to me she wolf prefers to giver soma but Medicare has a new system out and sheitey write soma anymore. If she does she gets hassled by FDA. Why??? Insurance wants total congol said some high risk drug and could cause set people over 5
65 to fall and on and on. Insurance demands Drs who deal w Medicare foow their new guide lines for high risk drugs! Crazy as ever. It is called the BERs scale or something like that. Ur not alone my sister going thru se thing s her inhalers and she has staged 4 copd. It's a crying shame and I am really upset w this Obama medical and Humana who controls each step of Drs and patients. Just pray about it, the Lord will help us he knows our Literal pain!

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Dee Says:

I love baclofen! My dr/chiropractor prescribed me some for the first time and It was amazing! My body felt so good and muscle tension melted away.
Soma make me feel good and drunk , but it didn't relive pain from muscle tension at all and I twitch a lot.
Flexeril was awful because it sedated me so heavily that I wanted to just sleep all day.
Baclofen make me feel floaty and I can't drive on them. I looooove to sleep and take cat naps on this medicine because I feel so relaxed.
I had pain along my spine and this helps it a lot.

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Binx Says:

In Oklahoma Soma is now considered a Controlled Substance and I've heard and even benn told by a doctor, "No! You can't take Soma with Lortab, Norco or Percocet!. I asked, "Why not?" His reply, "It will kill you!" Ummmm, HELLO! I've been on all of them since 2004 and I'm still sitting here....
He absolutely WOULD NOT subscribe Soma to me which had always worked very goo for my muscle spasms. He prescribed Baclofen which did absolutely nothing for me! Needless to say, I switched doctors. But I have heard others say their doctors are shying away from Somas too!

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BL Says:

Binx, Soma is highly addictive and in some states is a Schedule II. Due to the high level of addiction, many drs are refusing to prescribe it, especially with opiates.

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Binc Says:
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I was on Somas from a back injury having horrible spasms so my doctor put me on Soma in 2004. I was on them for years along with Percocet and OxyContin. Well my doctor moved out of state so the next one I went to looked at my Ned list and said, "Oh I won't prescribe Soma with Percocet or Lortab!!! I asked why and his response ,"It will kill you! That's what the doctor I studied under told me!" I was like ummm hello I've been on them since 2004 it's now 2011 and I'm still alive and kicking....he wouldn't budge and Bacfolen did nothing for me..

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BL Says:

Binc, unfortunately studies have shown that the number of patients who are prescribed Soma and opiates and die has risen in recent yrs. Of course these stats have no specifics, like the actual cause of death, just that the patients were prescribed the meds together.

If it were me, I would want a dr who was willing to read more on the subject and treat me as an individual. I am assuming that this dr is on the younger side and doesn't have many yrs of experience.

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betty Says:
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I am going to the suboxone clinic Monday and taking a cup U/A. My neurologist prescribes me somas 350mg 4 x a day. The other gives me klonopin 1mg 4xaday. Sub doc doesn't even like tramadol. Do I need to stop somas, and when? HELP!

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Glenda Says:
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My dr prescribed me baclofen and it does not really work for me. I take more of it . Because it doesn't help. Soma worked the best for but I can't get my dumb dr to realize that.

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