Soma Withdrawal and Detox

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Soma (carisprodol) is a strong muscle relaxer and prescription drug that goes to work directly on the central nervous system and blocks some of the pain receptors in the brain. It is prescribed as a treatment for the pain and discomfort caused by musculoskeletal conditions. Although not as commonly seen nor reported as with opioids, every year many people develop a dependence on or an addiction to this powerful muscle relaxer. It is not uncommon for those abusing Soma to combine it with an opioid such as hydrocodone, alcohol, or Valium, among others.

Soma Detox and Withdrawals

An addict who has been abusing Soma for an extended period of time will very likely face some uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms when he or she stops taking the drug. It is generally not recommended that addicts try to detox and come clean on their own from a Soma addiction because it can be dangerous and in some cases life-threatening. Addicts should discuss this with a certified health care professional.

Withdrawal symptoms from coming off of Soma can be tough to endure and they may include:

  • • Cravings
  • • Insomnia
  • • Sleep disturbances
  • • Rapid heart rate
  • • Cognitive problems
  • • Stress
  • • Anxiety
  • • Gastrointestinal discomfort
  • • Headaches
  • • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • • Seizures

Unlike established treatments for other prescription drug addictions, there are no FDA-approved treatments for detoxing Soma addicts. While it seems clear that Soma addicts experiencing acute withdrawal symptoms are in need of direct medical intervention, that intervention at inpatient or outpatient clinics may go in a number of different directions. Interested individuals should call treatment facilities prior to checking in to learn what their Soma detoxification protocol involves.

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