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What is Soma?

Doctors prescribe Soma to patients suffering from back pain to handle their muscle spasms. Doctors have also prescribed Soma historically to allow them to prescribe lower dosages for pain relievers. These lower dosages are less habit-forming, but they might not be as effective in handling pain. Doctors prescribe Soma with these low dosage pain relievers because Soma has a proven ability to boost the pain relievers’ effect.

What is the standard dose for Soma and how fast does this compound work?

Physicians usually prescribe 350 mg of Soma for typical back spasms. It is a fast-acting compound that can produce results in as little as 30 minutes. As for how long it provides relief, effective duration range from as short as a couple of hours to as long as six hours after ingestion.

 

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Which painkillers are normally prescribed with Soma?

Doctors usually write out Soma prescriptions with opiate-based pain relievers like hydrocodone, codeine, oxycodone, and other similar pain drugs. These painkillers handle the pain that usually comes from muscle spasms while Soma handles the root cause of the pain-the muscle spasm itself. Soma works by relaxing muscles and relieving tension. While physicians could have prescribed a higher dose of pain relievers, one of the biggest selling points of Soma was that it amplifies the effect of opioid-based pain medication. Doctors concerned with the possibly habit-forming qualities of such pain medication prescribe lower doses but pair them with Soma.

Can users get addicted to Soma?

Soma, by itself, is not physically habit-forming. Its euphoric effect doesn’t happen to all patients who take it. Moreover, any such effect tends to disappear with continued use of Soma. What is addicting, however, is when drug abusers take Soma along with opioid-based pain killers like codeine-based derivatives, hydrocodone, oxycodone, and others. Abusers get physically hooked to the intense high. As for Soma itself, it is possible to develop a psychological dependency because it amplifies the effect of the pain medication the patient is actually physically dependent on.

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What are Soman’s common side effects?

Soma, by itself, can produce a level of euphoria but this disappears with continued use. Due to its relatively low amount of side effects, Soma was quite popular for a long period of time since the 1960s. However, it is abused not for any direct euphoric effect it produces but for its role as an amplifier of pain relievers’ effects. Drug abuses would intentionally take soma along with medium to higher doses of opioid-based pain medication to intensify their highs. This practice is alarming since it caused overdoses in the past. This abuse has led to several governments in Europe to either ban Soma outright or severely restrict its usage.

Psychological dependence occurs when the user equates a substance with a particular physical feeling which is caused by other factors. This is quite ironic since part of what made many physicians prescribe Soma in the first place was that they hoped patients would not become dependent on opioid-based compounds. Soma’s amplifying qualities enabled doctors to prescribe lower doses of painkillers which they hoped would reduce the probability of habit formation. They didn’t anticipate abusers intentionally using Soma to intensify otherwise non-habit forming dosages of painkillers.

The History of Soma

Soma is a variant of an earlier muscle relaxant called meprobamate. Soma is the product of a few molecular changes to meprobamate. Researchers in the late 50s were looking for a compound that had the benefits of meprobamate without its risks. Meprobamate can be habit forming, and its users are more likely to overdose. Soma came into being thanks to the effort of a researcher with Wallace Laboratories, Frank Berger. Berger was looking to preserve meprobamate’s muscle relaxing qualities while minimizing or totally eliminating its drawbacks. Berger was able to achieve this with Soma by swapping some carbamyl nitrogens with one atom of hydrogen tied with an isopropyl cluster. This simple switch changed the compound’s qualities dramatically. Carisoprodol, sold under the Soma brand name, was born. It generated quite a bit of attention during a Wayne State symposium on muscle relaxants due to its improvements on meprobamate.

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