Soma is the trade name for the prescription drug that is known as Carisoprodol. Soma is a muscle relaxer used to relieve a person from pain due to spasms and muscle injuries. In the past, Soma was frequently prescribed by doctors. However, in recent years the number of prescriptions being written for Soma has gradually stopped because when the drug is combined with other substances it can be extremely addictive.

Despite efforts from Law Enforcement to curb the illegal distribution of Soma, it continues to be widely available in the states due to Mexican drug trafficking. Soma, or Somacid as it is known on the streets, is relatively inexpensive, which is why it is a popular substance to abuse.

It is estimated that people of different ages from across the U.S. are abusing muscle relaxers like Soma. As per the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, as many as 2,276,000 people in the country who are more than 12 years of age have tried Soma without a valid prescription for once or more in their lives.

Side Effects

The side effects of Soma depend on the purpose for which you are taking it and how you are doing so. For example, if you are on Soma and are exactly following what the doctor has prescribed, you may or may not become addicted. However, if you are not trying to treat your injury and are abusing the medicine, then you will most likely suffer from Soma addiction.

The danger of Soma stems more so from its interaction with other drugs. When combined with other substances it can stimulate the effects of a highly addictive narcotic. Usually, heroin, alcohol, hydrocodone, diazepam, codeine, propoxyphene, and meprobamate are used with Soma. The final effect is much like heroin.

Large doses of Soma or increase frequency of the dose can also cause addiction. In high doses Soma can cause

  • Giddiness
  • Drowsiness
  • Hypnosis
  • Lethargy
  • Headaches
  • Paralysis (loss of feeling);
  • Extreme weakness or lack of coordination;
  • Feeling light-headed, fainting;
  • Fast heartbeat;
  • Seizure (convulsions);
  • Vision loss; or
  • Agitation, confusion.

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