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Why are doctors not prescribing soma

By Anonymous August 7, 2017 - 4:15am
 
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Living with chronic spine and muscle pain, I had been taking Soma but now he no longer will prescribe it. I have been given two different muscle relaxers in these past two months, the first gave me constant headaches and the next one I had an allergic reaction to; broke out with rash and caused extreme agitation. Frustrated trying to find relief!

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Hello Anon

Thank you for writing.

Soma can be addictive and should only be used for limited time - no more than a few weeks at at time. This may be why your doctor has stopped prescribing it for you, even if it works well. I understand this is very frustrating for you.
Are you undergoing physical therapy for your injuries? Massage can also help. I hope you can work something out with your doctor.
Best,
Susan

August 7, 2017 - 6:04am
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Anonymous (reply to Susan Cody)

Please do not take this comment personally. I am a physician and you state that Soma can be addictive. Ok, I agree with that. Are you aware of how many substances can be addictive? Albuterol can be addictive, yet no body thinks about that. A common over the counter cough medicine is abused all the time and is well known yet nobody talks about that. Look it up and you will see what I mean. Dextromethorphan (DXM). As a physican I need to consider the risk of everything and then develop a plan of care that is safe with an understanding of the risks and benefits. If a patients pain is so bad they are considering suicide and they tell me that Soma will ease their pain what should I do? Please understand this is respectful patient that is not considered a drug addict. Really, what would you do? Would really tell the patient this is a medication that could be addictive, and I will refer you to a 1-800-suicide? I hope that Drs can have caring and compassion and not need to be stuck with absolute no's for a possible addictive medication. There are many medications that cause physical dependence so that is likely the biggest issue with stopping Soma.
One thing I learned early in my practice of Medicine, always is not always right, and never is not always right. So to never prescribe Soma can't always be right.

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