I live in Pennsylvania and my insurance approved the Valium (Diazepam) 10mg 2 times a day if needed for anxiety. As well as the Soma (Carisoprodol) which is 350mg 3 times a day if needed for muscle spasms. The pharmacist, who already dispensed it made me aware of the interaction between the two, which i was already well aware of, I have been going to this pharmacy for 5 years and never had a problem.
Valium was from PSYCH.
Soma was from PCP (personal care phys)
I’d question these two medications being used at the same time and for 5 years..
Soma alone is banned in some countries – as it potentiates the effect of other medications.and has abuse potential as Diazepam does without question.
Being on both can make it more likely you will have very unpleasant withdrawal symptoms on not taking them.
As people get older,both these medications can need frequent reviews of dosage
Diazepam is already a very efficient muscle relaxant,but if you have been on 20mg for 5 years daily, i’d expect there to be some tolerance and possible addiction.
Does the personal Physician know about the Diazepam and the Psych know about the Carisoprodol, if not I’d run this past them both?
Yes a Pharmacist can refuse to dispense any medication combination that they see or feel could cause problems without giving any explanation than a refusal to dispense,whereas the next Pharmacist may not have an issue with it..
Most will explain in a brief fashion why they have made such a judgement call.though.
It does seem,to me,a strange combination -and the Diazepam to have been prescribed for so long also would make me extra cautious.
on: 26th July 10
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