There are various drugs that are prescribed when the person suffers from muscle pain. One of these is Soma. The dosage of Soma is 750 and can go up to 1050 milligrams per day. Soma is not given for more than 3 weeks at a time. This muscle relaxant is only given under prescription and it is on the controlled substances list. Soma offers relief from pain but does not have the addictive potential which other opioid-based medication for pain does. However, Soma is often abused especially when the user mixes it with hydrocodone, codeine, benzodiazepines or alcohol. This gives Soma a highly narcotic addictive effect.
Soma – Is it addictive?
Soma helps in relieving pain caused by injuries and muscle spasms. Soma not only relaxes the muscles but also sedates the user. This, however, causes problems when the liver metabolizes the carisoprodol into meprobamate. Soma is used to reducing anxiety and is a depressant. Soma has a sleepy and hypnotic effect and creates psychological addiction.
Dependency and Tolerance of Soma
When Soma is taken with Codeine, the hypnotic effect of the drug is enhanced. When it is taken with hydrocodone-based drugs, the effects seen are akin to heroin.
When Soma is abused, the people feel hypnotic and lethargic. They suffer from blurred vision and loss of co-ordination, dizziness. When they are getting over Soma, they may suffer from depression, vomiting, and chills.
Extended usage of Soma causes not only tightness in the chest but increased heart rates, internal organs being damaged and may result in hospitalization
Symptoms of Soma abuse
Soma abuse symptoms are hard to identify as the person normally take Soma in combination with other drugs that are being abused. The symptoms are:
- Dizziness as well as fainting
- Loss of co-ordination or impaired co-ordination
- Irritability when the drug is being withdrawn
- Fall in the blood pressure and it can even cause unconsciousness
- Flushing of the skin
- Heart rate which is sped up
- Stomach ache
- Double vision
- Euphoria or a feeling like when the person is drunk
- Loss of vision temporarily
In addition to this there is transient quadriplegia. This is not permanent and this causes the hands and legs to be weakened. This does require hospitalization though.
Soma abuse can sometimes be an overdose and the effects of the overdose are coma, stupor, depression or breathing, shock and it may even result in death.
Effects of Soma abuse
When the person is on Soma abuse it results in the following things:
- Making appointments continuously with doctors so they can be prescribed the medication.
- Being irritable as well as agitated at all times
- Withdrawal which is seen from social interactions, activities with their friends.
- Depression and inability to sleep
- Inability to think clearly and concentrate