Carisoprodol users, please chime in...

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norcalquit
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Hey Everyone,

I've been taking carisoprodol (Soma) 350 mg TID for years, but really only as needed.  Has anyone noticed the Watson brand (imprint DAN 5513) seems to start working much sooner than other brands?  I've never had the MedPointe-Meda-Wallace brand name formulation, I've always recieved the Aurobindo, Qualitest, Mutual, or Caraco brands.  This is the first time I've taken the Watson brand, and I am blown away by the quality.  The pills are a lot thinner, and appear to be film coated so there is no nasty bitter taste.

I've always been leary of posts that are in this vein (ie - this brand is better than that, etc) but I honestly feel like these are a cut above the other generics I've taken.  I can feel the spasms in my back and leg go down within 5 minutes by just taking one pill, whereas I would probably have to take 1.5 to 2 of the other generic pills to achieve the same relief in 15-30 minutes.  Over the past week, I've been comparing them to the other brands I have left over from previous perscriptions , and for once in my life I am actually convinced that these work a lot better.

Any patients here have a similar experience?  I don't want to turn this thread into brand X is better than brand Y, I am only curious to hear from others who are prescribed carisoprodol and have experience with different brands.

Thanks,

NorCal

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Metabolisms???

My cp wife has always gotten the Qualitest and considers them "Excellent" so from this hosehold it looks like one of those metabolism things. You know that the relative acidity of your stomach can have a lot to do with breaking down the fillers that make up the "inactive" ingredients and perhaps your acidity just chews through Watson faster than any other. That is usually the reason. Count your blessings and try to always request the watson brand. We have one poster besides myself that swears by the Watson FTD patch, have no idea why but was happy that it happened. More good luck and less pain coming your way . . . Q

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Thanks Quincy...I have no

Thanks Quincy...I have no complaints about any of the other generics - I mean, they ALL work.  It just seems as though this one is WAY better, and 99% of the time I'm one of those "it's all in your head" people when discussing the potency of  various generics.  You're right, it may have to do with my metabolism...I was thinking that since the pill is the smallest carisoprodol tab I've seen, maybe there are less fillers.  My doctor wrote for a 3 month supply, and Walgreens told me that this is the brand they will be carrying well into the future due to a deal they (well, their distributor) struck with Watson.  They told me that they even started carrying Watson brand hydrocodone, oxycodone, as well as Watson clonazepam, which I am anxious to try next time I have it filled.  I wasn't aware it was even Watson until I consulted this site, as the DAN imprint was foreign at the time.

Glad your wife gets relief from the Qualitest; I'm not knocking any of the other brands as they all do the job - these Watsons just seem to be a cut above.  I think it is probably my unique metabolism, along with less fillers that make them seem way better.  As I said, this is the first time I can note a difference in generics.  I wonder what DAN stands for, as it's a marking I've never seen on a Watson product.

Thanks for the input!  I'm going to try to research the various fillers with the other carisoprodol generics to see what these may or may not have compared to the ones I've been taking.

 

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Works better than Flexeril?

I've never tried Soma. But I do take Flexeril 5mg at bedtime and 10mg when my back is really hollering at me. Does Soma work as well as Flexeril? Less sleepiness or more? Can't do Skelaxin. Feels like my skin is crawling on that. Thank you in advance for your opinions!
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I haven't taken somas for

I haven't taken somas for many years now, but back when I was having back troubles I was taking them for a long time.  Watson brand carisoprodol was noticably stronger than the other generics and even much stronger than brand name soma.

Watson generic soma was always the poster child in my book for showing that all pills of the same active ingredient are not all created equal.  There are always some generics I prefer over others or some brands that seem to work marginally better than some others, but in this case, the difference was staggering.  And I mean that literally.  It's good to hear they are still making a quality product.

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Yeah BDN

It's most definitely good for back aches and doesn't mess with the stomach. I'll bet you're right, Norcal, less filler = quicker release. Good spot on point . . . Q

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Thanks Elderstatesman, I'm

Thanks Elderstatesman, I'm glad I'm not the only one who noticed!  BDN, I've tried Flexeril in the past and all it did was to make me VERY tired and just "distracted" me from the spasms.  Soma will make you tired probably the first week you take it, then - as long as you stick to your appropriate dose - that side effect disappears fast.  As far as I'm concerned, Skelaxin was like taking a sugar pill; it did not help me in the least.  I'm supposed to take 3 tabs a day of Soma, but within the last week since I've gotten the Watson brand, I'm more than good on just 1.5 - 2 tablets per day.  I also take 1mg of Klonopin in the morning and at night for spasms, but I've also been able to cut THAT amount in half too.  Never thought I'd be on here lauding a certain manufacturer or generic preparation, but Watson has made me a believer.  As far as opiates go, I've never noticed a difference, no matter what brand hydrocodone or oxycodone I've been prescribed in the past.  Now that the only opiate I take is 8mg of buprenorphine daily to even every other day, my pain and spasms have found a happy medium with my medications.

I will continue to get Watson whenever possible; I'm anxious to see how their clonazepam compares to the Mylan I've been taking for years.  If it is a revelation like I had with their carisoprodol, I will definately post my experience.

Better spasm and pain management with less pills = a great day for me!  Thanks everyone for your responses.

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Watson

I love Watson products, think they are made in a major label lab or something like that, I just went thru a real hard time getting my oxycodone filled, I heard Watson used to make that, but I have always been impressed by Watson Soma. I don't take it now, because of some other meds that I am on, be careful, it can be a bit on the addictive side as it is similar to meprobamate.