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Can You Become Addicted to Soma?

Soma, or carisoprodol, is a muscle relaxer similar to a barbiturate. It is typically prescribed for muscle pulls and strains to allow damaged tissues to heal under reduced tension. It affects the central nervous system rather than the muscles themselves. It is also extremely addictive and shouldn’t be used for more than three weeks.

Soma is a fast-acting drug that starts working in about half an hour and stays in the system for about six hours. You can build a tolerance to it pretty quickly and withdrawal symptoms can be severe and even fatal. Withdrawal symptoms can include anxiety, depression, aggression, insomnia, new phobias, reduced IQ, vomiting, tremors, hallucinations, and memory impairment. These symptoms can last for weeks or months. You should never quit Soma abruptly as this can cause fatal seizures. You should always taper gradually, under medical supervision.

Soma is often abused for its relaxing and sedative effects and there is a psychological aspect to Soma addiction. It is also commonly used in combination with other drugs, typically Xanax and opioids. Soma enhances the effects of opioids, especially hydrocodone and codeine, by helping the body metabolize the opioid more efficiently. Unfortunately, the combination of Soma and opioids greatly increases the chance of an overdose.

The majority of Soma overdoses happen when Soma is is taken with something else, especially alcohol or opioids. You can fatally overdose on Soma by itself though. Symptoms of an overdose include chills, vomiting, unresponsiveness to stimuli, amnesia, confusion, coma, and suppressed breathing. A Soma overdose requires immediate medical attention.

Long-term use or abuse of Soma can have many negative effects including drowsiness, impaired memory and motor function, and dizziness. The longer you take Soma, the worse these become and the worse withdrawal symptoms will be when you quit.

Detoxing from Soma should be done under medical supervision, and ideally in a clinical setting. Since Soma is often used along with opioids, users commonly need to detox from both. It’s important to be sure you find a detox center that can handle detox from multiple addictions and manage additional medical issues.

The negative effects of Soma are lingering and debilitating. If you or someone you love is struggling with Soma addiction or multiple addictions, Gardens Wellness Center can help you detox safely and decide on a treatment strategy. Call us today at 844-828-1050 or email us at to learn more.