Soma Withdrawal And Detox: Symptoms And Timeline

Last Updated: February 19, 2020

Authored by Roger Weiss, MD

A Soma withdrawal is an experience most people would not like to have. Like with many withdrawals from hard drugs, the symptoms presented during withdrawal from Soma tend to weigh down on individual and produce devastating effects.
Abrupt discontinuation of the Soma controlled substance causes withdrawal symptoms which, if not handled with care, could lead to severe harm to a person. It is, therefore, important to explore Soma withdrawals, its symptoms, and the medications used to help through detox.

Soma Withdrawal

Soma withdrawal is the effects that an individual experiences after they stop taking the drug. As a muscle relaxant, this drug has the potential to be addictive.
This opens it to abuse by individuals. Consistent use of the drug creates a dependence on the body, which leads to people taking more of the drug. This, in turn, leads to addiction which leads to the user getting withdrawal symptoms in the event they abruptly stop using the medicine.
The withdrawal symptoms could also cause an overdose when the patient goes back to the drug to try and relieve the symptoms.

Soma Withdrawal Signs and Symptoms

Soma withdrawals symptoms can be brutal to the individual if not handled with the care they need. This is especially the case where the individual was taking a high dose and then stopped on short notice.
It is worse if there is no help from a trained professional. Discontinuing from Carisoprodol without the advice of a doctor can cause severe Soma withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms are usually divided into two: short term withdrawal symptoms and long term withdrawal symptoms.
Short term withdrawal symptoms include:

  • tachycardia (increased heart rate)
  • ataxia (loss of muscle coordination)
  • muscle twitching
  • tremors and chills
  • hallucinations
  • seizures
  • muddled thinking
  • intense cravings
  • high emotions and reaction to stress

They usually occur a few hours after one has stopped taking the drug and do not last for longer than a few days or weeks. Long term effects are those that remain with the patient for a more extended period, sometimes years. They are usually characterized as psychological, and they include:

  • insomnia
  • anxiety
  • depression

It is hard to ignore these symptoms as they can present a high risk on the patient’s life. Seek medical attention to mitigate these effects.

Soma Withdrawal Timeline

The carisoprodol withdrawal timelines depend on different factors such as abuse timeline and dosages are taken. Soma withdrawal timeline takes place as follows.

Days 1-2

The first soma withdrawal symptoms will start to manifest themselves. They usually start from 12-24 hours after the last dose was taken. One can expect withdrawal symptoms such as increased heart rate, and tremors begin to show.

Days 2-4

Short term effects such as headaches and irritability slowly start to fade on day 3 and should be gone by the fourth day.

Starting from Day 5

Patients can also experience Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS), which is characterized by some Soma side effects long-term such as insomnia and anxiety. These symptoms can last for years in some instances.

The effects can also vary in time. For example, a patient who was used to a carisoprodol 350 mg high might experience withdrawal symptoms over a short period than one who was on a higher dosage.

young man with post-acute withdrawal syndrome

How To Prevent Soma Withdrawal

As a muscle relaxant, Soma is usually prescribed for a short period to prevent addiction. This is because is contains meprobamate, an active metabolite which causes dependence on the drug. Soma tablets should only be prescribed by a trained physician. They should only be taken as prescribed. Typically, a doctor will prescribe 250 mg to 350 mg as a standard dosage for Soma.

Any discontinuation of the drug should be under the watchful eye of a trained medical provider who can help with a procedure called tapering down. This involves slowly reducing the dosage of the drug over some time until such a time that the body is used to its absence.

Tapering is further divided into the short taper, which involves reducing the dosage over four days, and long taper, which consists in reducing the drug dosage over nine days. In the event the patient was taking large quantities of the drug such as 1400mg a day, the doctor can start by giving them a Soma 350 mg dosage.

For users who are already addicted, tapering down might not work as expected, and they might need to detox from the drug. Detox should be handled with care and only treated by qualified doctors.

A doctor can also switch the patient from Soma to benzodiazepines before slowly lowering the dosage to a level that is both manageable and safe for the patient.

Soma Detox Process

Before embarking on the best detox program, a doctor might find it necessary to carry out a Soma drug test.  The doctor will then start a detox program which will work towards helping the patient eliminate soma withdrawal symptoms. In instances where the symptoms are severe, sedative options can be considered to help the patient cope during detox.

This process can take part in both inpatient and outpatient detox facilities depending on the patient and the level of care needed. Patients with substantial addiction problems are better off spending some time in an inpatient detox facility where they can get the care they need throughout.

After the detox process is finished, it is essential for the patient to partake in the additional recommended treatment, which is aimed to help them recover fully and stay clean.

Soma Detox Medications

The detox process involves removing all unwanted toxins from the body that are related to the drug. As such, there are medications used, which in turn helps the patient attain sobriety. It is Important to understand, however, that these medications are only to be administered by a trained professional and after observing the patient before the detox process can begin.

Some of the medications used are aimed at mitigating the withdrawal symptoms. They include:

  • Lorazepam to treat delirium
  • Olanzapine is an antipsychotic that helps reduce hallucinations and agitation.
  • Propofol and dexmedetomidine are used as a sedative for patients whose withdrawal symptoms are too severe.

Some of the other medications a doctor might decide to use include ketamine, fentanyl, lorazepam, haloperidol, quetiapine, and midazolam.

Handling Soma Withdrawal

The first two days of the withdrawal are the most precarious for an addict. While withdrawal from Soma has proven dangerous to many people in the past, it is possible to stop the drug without suffering from severe withdrawal symptoms. During withdrawal, a trained doctor is also in a better position to understand which between Skelaxin vs Soma will work best for the patient.

A doctor will also be in a better position to determine what course of action to take depending on the different patients’ history to help reduce the ugly effects of withdrawal. Therefore, always make sure to seek medical advice before embarking on any course of action to avoid the withdrawal symptoms. Timely treatment from substance dependence may help in reducing the severity of use cessation. Various rehab centers across the US offer their services without prejudice.

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Published on: June 7th, 2019

Updated on: February 19th, 2020

About Author

Roger Weiss, MD

Dr. Roger Weiss is a practicing mental health specialist at the hospital. Dr. Weiss combines his clinical practice and medical writing career since 2009. Apart from these activities, Dr. Weiss also delivers lectures for youth, former addicts, and everyone interested in topics such as substance abuse and treatment.


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  • Lisa Giordani
    Is it the “standard of care” or the “Do No Harm” vow these individuals take. Would you consider lowering a patient’s Soma 350mgs 4x a day to one Soma a day 350mgs? Is that tapering… not to mention I see a pain specialist February which will put me back on the medicine. Why would someone a boss of the P. A. ‘s who never saw me also lowered my Xanax at the same time she lowered my Soma. Was taking 2mgs 3x a day down to 2mgs 2x a day. She cut it off on 12/2019 thru Feb and March I have to see a Psychiatrist for the Xanax now. She will not fill any prescription but she didn’t give me enough to last until I get to the Specialist. Any good info on what I can do about this so called Director would be greatly appreciated. (I have been on both medications for 19 years. With no tolerance issues. I also went off 450 mgs of morphine a day been 5 years now) Incomplete paraplegia with severe nerve pain, lower back spasms that are debilitating, severe scoliosis Arthritis and a herniated disc at c4-c5 which I get numb and tingling in my fingers. Wheelchair and bed bound.
    • Cindy
      Oh Lisa, I hope you are doing ok and off the soma with no long term pain. God Bless and be with you