Valium vs. Soma

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jzchigrl
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Hi everyone,  I have a quick question about muscle relaxers.  Monday I had an issue with my back.  I sat down to go to the bathroom and couldn't get back up.  I was literally frozen in place and every muscle in my back through my hips and but and down the front of my left leg cramped up.  My middle to low back was on fire.  I know my PM Dr. on a personal level so I called him on his cell phone a few hours later.  He told me to either go to the ER or come see him first thing in the morning at his office where he would be doing some procedures and then seeing pt's in the afternoon.  I held out through the night in COMPLETE AGONY.  I got to his office and he did bilateral facet injections on L1, L2 & L3 (which is right above my fusion which is from L4 to S1).  He also did some trigger point injections and then gave me a script for 10mgs of valium to be taken 3 times a day.  I have been taking them and my muscles have calmed down tremendously but the intense burning is still in my middle to lower back.  Well anyway,  today I am feeling very light headed and having a hard time focusing on things and kinda a hard time walking a straight line.  The 10 mile drive to work was NOT fun.  So I called his office and they are changing me from the 10 mgs of valium 3 times a day to 350 mgs of Soma 3 times a day.  I've never heard of Soma and was wondering how it was?  Is that a large amount to be taken each day?  Thanks for any input you might have.

Julie

 

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Valium is mostly used for

Valium is mostly used for anxiety, its a benzo just like xanax but they do use it for muscle problems too.....theres only 1 size of somas - 350 mg's and thats not a high doage to take 1 3times a day, it might make u a little woozie if your not used to them but it will go away after u get used to it, in my opinion its the best muscle relaxer out there, much beter than flexeril or norflex, but thats just my opinion

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Actually they make Soma in

Actually they make Soma in 250 mg dosage, but its a brand name prescription.  The serum levels of meprobamate (active metabolite of Soma  responsible for CNS effects) achieved are lower, so it may have less side effects (dizziness, drowsiness) than the 350 mg tablets.

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350 mgs of Soma 3 times a day is a fairly common dosage.  In fact, that is the only way I have ever been prescribed it, and over the years I have been prescribed it by at least 3 different doctors (I can remember).  It is, IMHO, the most effective of the commonly prescribed muscle relaxers.

 

 

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a valium or a soma? soma.

a valium or a soma? soma. mostly because the DANBURY made ones, they start working within 3 minutes. they dissolve quickly

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Soma vs Valium

Two totally different class of drugs.  Valium is a benzodiazipine, categorized as an anti-anxiety med, but, it's the only benzo that is also prescribed as a muscle relaxant.  Now as for an answer to your question...Soma is a muscle relaxant, but it's the only one that chemically breaks down to an old drug Equinil, Miltown which was prescribed as a "tranquilizer" in the 70's, so basically with Soma it's a much better, stonger muscle relaxant and if you're anxious it will take care of that as well and it helps with sleep.  Actually, you can get Soma with Codiene, but it's rather expensive if you don't have insurance because its not commonly prescribed.  I don't know if that helps. Soma also has a longer half-life so it will stay in your system longer for more pain relief!

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Have to disagree

inpain, You are incorrect here:"Valium is a benzodiazipine, categorized as an anti-anxiety med, but, it's the only benzo that is also prescribed as a muscle relaxant." Any of the meds classed as benzodiazepines can be and are quite often given as a muscle relaxant. Valium is certainly NOT the only one prescribed for this use.   

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re: post #6

Not all Benzodiazepines have muscle relaxing properties, but there are quite a few that do.

 

And...   regarding post #5

Valium has a much longer half-life than Carisoprodol.

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You must know something

You must know something I don't, allgood, because every benzodiazepine has chemical properties that enhance the neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid (gaba) which results in a relaxing of the muscles, among many other things ie reducing anxiety, anticonvulsant, sedation, etc.

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About the benzos....

I get 3 x 350mg Soma per day and they work great, as well as 30 x 10 Valium (diazepam) per month if there is a need for a breakthrough med, but mostly I only take those on the weekends when it's housecleaning time. and I'm bending and squatting more.

As far as benzopiazepines that work best are the ones with long half-lives, chiefly diazepam (Valium) and clonazepam (Klonopin).  No dr will prescribe Xanax for muscle spasm, as it is simply too short acting.

 

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re: jordandog

Ok, I will agree with you for now, but I swear I saw at least a couple of rare Benzodiazepines that did not have muscle relaxant properties.