What is Soma?
Soma is the trade name for carisoprodol, which is converted into meprobamate in the body. Both drugs are considered barbiturate-like narcotics. Soma was developed as a marketing strategy to capture a share of the minor sedative market.
Is Soma a muscle relaxant?
No, Soma is not a muscle relaxant that targets skeletal muscle fibers or nerves. It is a broad-spectrum narcotic that affects the entire central nervous system. Soma is more of a “psychological relaxer” than a muscle relaxant.
Does Soma calm pain?
Soma was primarily developed to treat anxiety, but it can also help reduce pain. Anxiety, fear, and stress are the biggest amplifiers of pain severity. Reducing anxiety, fear, and stress can certainly help alleviate pain. However, like alcohol, Soma has a dark side.
Can Soma help with anxiety?
Soma contains Carisoprodol, which was initially developed for the management of anxiety. It breaks down into meprobamate, an enzyme that helps manage the symptoms of anxiety disorder. The significant effects caused by soma include decreased pain, stress, fear, and anxiety. However, it is not safe to use soma for anxiety as the FDA does not approve it for this purpose.
Why won’t my doctor prescribe soma for anxiety?
Some doctors believe that the risks of using Soma for anxiety outweigh the benefits. Since Soma is a barbiturate-like narcotic, there is a risk of dependence, abuse, and misuse. Meprobamate was eventually pulled from the market because people felt that its potential for abuse outweighed the benefits, especially for the treatment of anxiety.
What is “soma coma”?
A “soma coma” is a term used to describe the act of abusing Soma along with codeine. Combining any two medications can be dangerous and may cause life-threatening effects. Abusing Soma and codeine together can lead to sudden feelings of euphoria and dysphoria, impaired speech and motor skills, and a feeling of temporary coma state. People should not take Soma with any other substance without consulting their healthcare provider.