Prescription Soma (Carisoprodol) Drug Abuse and Addiction

Prescription Soma (Carisoprodol) Drug Abuse and Addiction

Abusing Soma or Carisoprodol May Alleviate More Than Muscle Pain!

Soma Abuse can lead to serious dependency and addiction. Carisoprodol is a muscle relaxer that is legally prescribed for the treatment of pain due to muscle injury and muscle spasms.

Soma is the brand name for Carisoprodol and comes in tablet form. Soma is also available combined with aspirin or codeine in prescription form. When Soma is ingested and broken down, it metabolizes into meprobamate which is a Schedule IV controlled substance because of abuse potential.

Carisoprodol is a prescription drug that was marketed in 1959. Abuse to this muscle pain medication has increased in the past decade. When taking Soma or Carisoprodol as directed by a physician it is successful in treating pain due to muscle injuries. If Soma is taken in larger doses and abused it causes sleepiness, relaxation and wooziness. Chronic abuse of Soma or Carisoprodol especially when combined with other toxic drugs and substances could prove to be deadly; it has many times in the past.

As with all drugs of abuse, there are names given to them by the users identifying them on the streets and to other users. Soma is also referred to as; Ds, Dance, Las Vegas Cocktail (combining Soma with Vicodin), and Soma Coma (combining Soma with Codeine).

Soma or Carisoprodol Abuse

Most of the time those who abuse Soma take it orally but many drug users combine it with other drugs or alcohol in order to intensify Soma's effects. Some of the drugs that drug users combine with Soma for intense 'high's include:

  1. Codeine is used for the treatment of relieving mild to moderate pain and can also be found in medications for the relief of coughing.

  2. Diazepam is prescribed for the treatment in relieving anxiety, muscle spasms, seizures and sometimes used to control agitation during alcohol withdrawal for some people.

  3. Heroin is produced from opium and is extremely addictive and illegal. Those who abuse heroin do it for the euphoric high's experienced during abuse of this illicit drug but in a short period of time can become dependent on it if chronic abuse takes place.

  4. Hydrocodone (Trade Names; Vicodin, Lortab, Lorcet, Hycodan, Vicoprofen) is a semi-synthetic opioid that is very closely related to codeine and morphine and is abused for the euphoric high's experienced. Hydrocodone is very habit forming and addictive.

  5. Meprobamate is used for anti-anxiety and is also a central nervous system depressant and can cause dependency.

  6. Propoxyphene is prescribed to treat mild to moderate pain. There have been many drug related deaths due to combining Propoxyphene with other drugs.

  7. Many Soma users abuse it with Vicodin because the drug induced 'high' is very similar to the 'high' they receive when abusing heroin. Combining Soma or Carisoprodol with Alcohol is also quite common and prevalent as well as dangerous.

There isn't really any specific age group that abuses Soma or Carisoprodol, survey's that have been done in the past reflect people 12 years of age and older abuse this prescription drug for non-medical purposes.

Law Enforcement Officials have indicated that young people who live in California and Arizona are able to obtain Carisoprodol in Mexico from their pharmacies. In Mexico Carisoprodol can be found by the brand name Somacid. In Mexico prescriptions for Soma and Somacid can be bought from some of the pharmacists and physicians, it's that easy to get.

Soma or Carisoprodol Dependency

As stated above, when taking Soma that has been prescribed legitimately by a physician this drug is very safe and effective for the treatment of muscle pain. If a person abuses Soma or Carisoprodol there are physical effects that take place as well as the potential for addiction and dependency. The effects experienced when abusing Soma are as follows:

  • Decreased coordination
  • Drowsiness and sleepiness
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision


Serious effects experienced with abusing Soma are:

  • Chest tightness
  • Unusual weakness
  • Elevated and racing heartbeat
  • Chills
  • Vomiting
  • Depression


Withdrawal Symptoms associated with Soma addiction and dependency:

  • Headaches
  • Abdominal cramping
  • Nausea
  • Insomnia


Soma overdose symptoms include:

  • Shock
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Coma
  • Death


When an individual abuses Soma or Carisoprodol and then combines it with alcohol and other drugs, there are other serious physical effects and overdose symptoms experienced. The more chronic the abuse, the types of drugs combined, and the combination of alcohol can make this 'high experience' a deadly one.

The National Forensic Laboratory Information System (NFLIS) says that Carisoprodol has consistently been listed as one of the top 25 drugs that have been frequently identified in forensic labs since the year 2000.

Medical Examiners Commission Reports that were released by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) shows that deaths related to Carisoprodol and Meprobamate increased 100 percent from 2003 to 2008. Carisoprodol related deaths were higher in numbers than opioid related deaths from heroin, fentanyl and Hydromorphone. This just shows that Carisoprodol and Soma drug use is increasing and many more will lose their lives due to this drug addiction and misuse.

Treating Soma and Carisoprodol Abuse

When a person abuses prescription pain medications like Soma or any other prescription drug they stand the risk of dependency and addiction. There are always side effects, withdrawal symptoms, and overdose dangers to take into consideration when abusing any type of substance or drug.

Depending on the level of abuse and what drugs are being abused makes a big difference when treating the symptoms and what type of recovery treatment process is needed. Prescription pain pill drug abuse may require a medically assisted detoxification process if the individual goes through withdrawal symptoms.

Sometimes long term substance abuse treatment is needed and others may need short term treatment. Residential substance abuse treatment is a controlled environment that offers therapeutic counseling and behavioral therapy. Many chronic prescription drug abusers find Residential Drug Treatment Programs to be effective as well as prevent relapse during their substance abuse recovery.

Websites Used
National Drug Intelligence Center Soma
Office of Diversion Control Carisoprodol/Soma

Topic Discussion

  1. Addict

    On April 7'2013,I had a bad experience with this medication and it was not an overdose, I discovered that I'm allergic to Carisoprodol. (Pill contains just 200mg, and I took it every 12 hours). During medical examination I present the following symptoms: Mild Numbness in my tongue, throat and lips and followed with a sequence of rapid heartbeat up to 145 bpm for some seconds, and then from 75bpm to 118 bpm for some seconds (around 15secs)

    The only I did to put out this symptoms was drink lots of water and I ate nothing else. I started feeling better after 8 hours since the last pill. The heartbeat got normal around 5 hours since I took the pill.

    This is a very effective medication but watch for secondary effects and get advice from your doctor.

  2. Addict

    I had an addiction to SOMA for about ten years from 2003 to 2013. It was first prescribed after a serious car accident that left me immoble for several months and caused muscle spasms. The doctor stopped authorizing refills, but I was already hooked. Getting more was easily as I purchased it from outside the US having it delivered to my door. Without the pills I became anxious and sometimes aggitated in addition to being physically uncomfortable. I took the pills daily simpky to get through a routine day. I upped my dose during stressful situations. My habit became expensive and side effects like sleepiness or impaired coordination limited my social interactions, but like a true addict I adjusted my lifestyle rather than quitting. I did try to stop taking it numerous times, though. I would cut back and deal with the discomfort for a few days, sometimes even weeks here or there, but as lobg as I had access I kept going back. Finally, after 10 years I was able to stop. It took a little over a year to stop completely, with the first few months being the most difficult. I couldn't sleep, I felt sick to my stomach all the time and I longed for the euphoria the pills had provided for so long. At the very beginning of my detox I drank more water than I ever thought possible, combined with exercise and detox tablets. It was not easy and I did go back and take a pill here and there until I quit for good after being accountable to someone else. I can't even count the ways my addiction impacted my life and I wish I could go back and get all of those years back.

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