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Soma Warning Signs and Carisoprodol Side Effects

With the dangers associated with the popular muscle relaxant Soma becoming habit forming, it is important for those who have been prescribed the drug to use as instructed. The user should also be aware of Soma warning signs and side effects associated with the drug usage. Illegal use of Soma is dangerous and can lead to severe side effects and consequences. Keep reading to learn more about Soma warning signs and side effects.

What is Soma?

Carisoprodol is the generic name and active ingredient for the prescription drug Soma. Soma is used as a powerful muscle relaxer for those who have certain injuries and painful musculoskeletal conditions. Soma works by blocking pain sensations between the body’s nerves and the brain. This can temporarily relieve the pain associated with injuries or chronic pain.

Soma’s active metabolite is meprobamate, which is a Schedule IV controlled substance. This means those who possess the drug without a proper prescription can be found guilty of illegal narcotic possession. Carisoprodol alone is not considered habit forming.

Soma is typically taken as a tablet in varying doses depending on the prescription written by the patient’s physician for different purposes.

How is Soma abused?

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Most reports of Soma abuse come in the way of the user orally ingesting the drug by tablet. However, some reports show others have attempted to crush the pill and snort it for a quicker effect as is common with illegal usage of prescription pills.

Some users choose to abuse the drug alongside alcohol because it amplifies the effects produced by Soma including drowsiness, dizziness and giddiness. A “Soma Coma” (Urban-coined term) is a common method induced by the users illegally to produce a high effect. A Soma coma is when the drug is taken with other drugs like codeine, hydrocodone or alprazolam. It allows the users to experience feelings of hypnosis, sedation, hallucination and relaxation.  

However, in some cases with Soma abuse, Soma Coma’s have resulted in overdose and death for the user. Those who have a history of drug abuse or addiction issues are more likely to see the negative effects associated with a Soma overdose, according to research published in medical journals.

Soma Coma side effects include inability to walk, talk and function normally while the drugs are in the user’s system. Worst case, the drug use can result in overdose and death, but even “casual” abuse of the drug can result in the user being unable to care for themselves, go to work, drive anywhere safely or care for their family members.

Soma Warning Signs and Side Effects:

Usage and abuse of Soma can result in some serious side effects including:

  • Fever
  • Cold Sweats
  • Confusion
  • Loss of Bladder Control
  • Sore Throat
  • Ulcers
  • Black and Tarry Stools
  • Chills
  • Convulsions
  • Dizziness
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Addiction

If you experience any of the above symptoms while taking Soma, consult a healthcare professional right away.

Emergency care can be life-saving in cases of overdose. Below listed are some of the warning signs of a Soma overdose:

  • Blurred vision
  • Trouble breathing
  • Eye spasms
  • Pale blue lips, fingertips and nails
  • Sticking out of the tongue
  • Weakness of arms and legs
  • False sense of well-being
  • Confusion as to time, place and location

Soma use can cause reactions that impair your thinking and behaviors. Too much Soma can cause severe reactions in the body that can result in inability to perform certain actions like driving. Soma should be used with extreme caution before a person must do certain activities like driving, going to work, caring for young children or others or operating any kind of machinery.

Even if you have been prescribed Soma by your physician, keep an eye on how your body responds to the drug by watching out for warning signs that you may become addicted to Soma. The side effects associated with Soma can be devastating if the drug is abused. If you or someone you know is abusing Soma or have become addicted to the drug, be sure to seek help from your medical professional right away. Many drug rehabilitation and treatment options are available for those addicted to prescription drugs like Soma.


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