Carisoprodol, also known by the brand name Soma, is a prescription medication used to treat muscle spasms and severe muscle pain. However, due to its psychoactive (sedative and anxolytic/anti-anxiety/relaxant) effects, its abuse is becoming a more prominent problem.
The effects of carisoprodol are relatively short in duration. Users may quickly find themselves taking more and more to prolong the pleasurable sensation it elicits, quickly leading them towards dependence and addiction.
Carisoprodol Abuse: Key Facts
Carisoprodol abuse can have serious consequences. Addiction to this drug can severely diminish quality of life and the health and wellness of the person suffering from it.
It was once considered to have a low addiction rating, but more evidence is emerging proving that it is more addictive than originally thought.
The Drug Enforcement Administration has released statistics that show that there were almost 6,500 cases involving carisoprodol abuse reported to the American Association of Poison Control Centers in 2012, two of which resulted in death.
Additionally, the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported that more than 3 million people used carisoprodol recreationally at some point in their lives.
In fact, a study from the National Institutes of Health showed that withdrawal symptoms are relatively severe in the former user (especially if the drug was taken in large doses). These symptoms may include:
- Abdominal discomfort.
- Muscle spasms.
- Inability to sleep without using the drug.