The doctor took me off Durgesic Patches and gave me a medication called Soma (Carisoprodol) what is soma and does it have the same affects as a narcotic? This better not be one of those stupid muscle relaxers!
Well, I mean does it have narcotic affects? Why do they consider it to be habit forming if it’s just a muscle relaxent?
I’m really surprised your Dr. took you directly from a Duragesic patch to Soma, unless you were on a Duragesic patch for a short period of time post opperative? A Duragesic patch delivers Fentany which is a synthetic opiate pain killer that is 80 times stronger than Morphine. Soma is a muscle relaxant that has no opiate properties. Though technically not a narcotic it is now a scheduled medicine in most states because it is widely abused and addictive. It does give a euphoric effect especially when taken in a larger dose that 350mg which is the only dose it comes in, and when taken on an empty stomach. Fentanyl and the Duragesic patch are a second line drug that are usually only used for those that do not respond to heavy opiates such as Oxycontin, Diauladid and such. And to stop you cold turkey is odd unless this was a post operative short term situation. If you find yourself in withdrawal you need to tell you Doctor that you are “requesting” to be tapered down from the Fentanyl. If they do so it will probably by Duragesic to Percocet, to Vicodin then no opiates. Soma can be taken in conjunction with all the above as it works at blocking pain in a different manner than opiates. The only way I can see this change in meds is if you were on the patch very short term or your Doctor is suspecting abuse of the drug
on: 8th February 08
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