Is Soma Narcotic

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chris Says:

I don't care what people say ... its a narcotic or it isn't... it makes u feel f***ed up, period! if u are a recovering addict & plan to stay clean, stay away from somas. I learned the hard way after a doctor prescribed these to me & I had told him I was in recovery.. doctors either don't care of they just don't f***ing know !

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Eddy Says:

No it is not a Narcotic. Can it be habit forming & addictive? Oh yeah!

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David Says:


It's true that doctors don't always know what's best for their patient's specific needs. And at the end of the day, I think more patients should try to take it upon themselves to do their own research and not leave it all up to someone who may really care less about their situation.

To my knowledge Soma is a non-narcotic medication, but has been considered a Schedule IV controlled substance since January 11, 2012..This does not mean though that it won't have the same effect as a narcotic on some people.

How long did your doctor recommend you take it for?

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EDDY Says:

Narconon has an interesting take on SOMA, and its relationship to Narcotics?

Effects of Soma Abuse - Soma is a muscle relaxant that is frequently abused. It is also addictive.

Soma acts as a sedative on the central nervous system. The generic name of Soma is carisoprodol and it is one a group of muscle relaxants. Other drugs in this class are cyclobenzaprine, sold as Flexeril and metaxalone, sold as Skelaxin. All these drugs may be sought by abusers for their sedative properties but Soma is considered the biggest threat. When Soma is consumed, it is broken down in the body into meprobamate, a tranquilizer. Meprobamate has been sold as Miltown and Equanil, some of the first tranquilizers that ever hit the US market.

Soma is sought by itself for its relaxing sedative effects, but it is also sought because it increases the effect of hydrocodone, the painkiller in Vicodin or Lortab. A popular combination is called the "Houston Cocktail" - Soma, Vicodin and Xanax. When you mix just Soma and Vicodin, that is referred to as a "Las Vegas Cocktail." Both these combinations are said to have similar effects to H. For that reason, "pill mills" or pain management clinics distributing prescription medications without appropriate exams or monitoring, often sell these drugs in these combinations.

In fact, in 2011, a Houston family won a hefty judgement against such a pain management clinic and the doctor in charge after Michael Skorpenske accidentally overdosed and died. Mr. Skorpenske had sought drugs at this pain management clinic and was abusing the Houston Cocktail.

The Effects of Soma Abuse on Drivers:

In 2003, a detailed study was made of the effects of Soma or carisoprodol on drivers. Incidents of accidents in which one driver had used Soma were reviewed to determine the role this drug had played in causing the accidents.

It was found that the drivers were suffering from these effects of Soma:
•Poor balance and coordination
•Increased reaction time

All these effects cause a driver's skills to deteriorate in a manner similar to alcohol or benzodiazepines. Twenty-one cases of Soma-affected driving were reviewed. In twelve of these cases, the affected driver had an accident and in all these cases, the Soma-affected driver was at fault. These drivers had been observed to be weaving in their lane, driving slowly, being unaware that they had hit another vehicle and driving the wrong way on a freeway. These people experienced slow movements, confusion, disorientation in time and space, slurred speech and a groggy, dazed expression.

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law warrior Says:
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Chris, being in recovery you know yourself addictions, why and how ppl become addicted has everything to do with each individual person. Are they prone to having an addictive personality? Additive personalities have an easier chance becoming addicted to anything and it doesn't even mean just drugs. It can be food, ciggerettes, even video gaming. Just try and remember, although we non medical people may not know what doctors know, we live in an technologically advanced society where any information wanted can be found. Problems with this, not everything is CREDIBLE information. To gain credible information, look to .gov , .org. and stay away from .com, no youtube!

Just because a dr has an MD or PhD doesn't mean they know anything about addiction or what individuals who do have addictions go through. As you know if you ever have any questions whether you should or should not take some medication whether or not its a narcotic or not, if a script is written on any class 2 scripts, the DEA considers that a narcotic. Any prescription given, as, is this a class 2 ,that is language your doctor will understand. After that you will be the only one to decide whether you should or should not ingest the medication. still have the final say what you put into your body. We cant expect doctors to understand, a large population are abusing the same drugs they perscribe, they are too busy using their titles to admit to themselves they have a drug habit. And too busy judging others because they're too far into denial thinking they are impervious to drugs. They all believe they have total control and haven't learned yet there is no such thing.

Be careful, good luck. Never forget you can be in control what you chose to put into your body. Even people in recovery get injured and need some help,thats just life and cant be helped, but how we think about things can make a huge difference whether they feel like they just messed up their sobriety or not.

Good luck to you. You can always go to a meeting.

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Sue Says:
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EDDY (# 3) --

Hi Eddy. I am a home body. My medical problems have taken me from fusion surgery and back. I have had severe fibromyalgia and Lupus for years. I first took soma 15 years ago and I agree with your assessment and research on soma. I am now 60 years old. The doctors are reluctant to give me 20 qty @250 mg. I'm sorry that this drug has been misused, abused and research says to take for short periods of time, but what about people like me that have rods, metal plates and their musculoskeletal issues are so bad that not only is the pain excruciating, but even my fingers are in such bad shape I can't hold a glass. This medicine was designed for someone like me to rest, sleep and have some kind of comfort. I am dying slowly. My body is deteriorating. I am 60 years old and after the doctors went to town on me with chainsaws and big steel toe boots, I stay home. I have in home help coming in to take care of me. About 20 soma a month, all I can say is that all the research in the world isn't helping me. The meds that work are gone because of abusers. Maybe I should get an inj. for clearer skin. The big drug companies, pharmacies, and doctors have no idea what the repercussions of these shots are, long term. Where is the research on these drugs?

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Sue Says:
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You should have researched this drug first. When ever I am given a drug I don't know anything about, I research it first. Side effects to what kind of drug and long term effects.

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EDDY Says:

Sue (# 5) --

Yet Sue I still am able to get them and have been from most of my Doctors over the years. It was even convenient to order them back when it wasn't against the law. I know they make 250 mg but even that is a baby dose. I hope you find what you need, I have an appointment with my old Doc in a couple weeks and he has been providing 6 months worth at a time, pretty darn cool and it will all end one day, he's 73

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Ancienttowers Says:
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EDDY (# 7) --

Hey EDDY - I have been seeing some post of yours and I have to say, I am pleasantly surprised to find someone, one of the rare 30%, (guesstimate) that post such well thought out, articulate, informed, and just straight-up pleasing to read.

It makes me wish that the possibility of "profiles" were something would or could implement.

That way, I could read more of your ideals, advice, questions and introspection.

Hmmm... Do they have that, profiles on here, or all of the posts strictly it were?

***all flattery aside, I wanted to give my 2 cents on this whole - 'what makes a Narcotic, a Narcotic'

In medical terminology, (narc) means, to be in a stupor or tired, sleepy. That being said, it was in the old days meant for opium type substances, and other interesting natural mother earth goodies.

Today, the term gets misrepresented in its inclusion of anything on the scheduled, usa controlled drugs list. However, it purest in meaning is simply... A slumber, stupor, etc.

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EDDY Says:

Ancienttowers (# 8) --

Thank you very much! I have written some bad posts as well, believe me. I am only involved with 2 medicines at this forum, Soma being one of them. In many ways its a medicine of the past yet I have an Old Doctor from the past and he seems to be cool with Soma

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EDDY Says:

Ancienttowers (# 8) --

Keeping with the true spirit of your post, Soma Compound is what I would call Narcotic as its mixed with Opiates, regular Soma isn't.

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