When we were looking for the most frequently asked questions about Soma, we found out that many people are interested in whether this medication can be used for anxiety. Knowing how popular anti-anxiety medications have become over the last decade or two, this is not surprising at all. Also, this is not entirely unsubstantiated, as there are many reasons why people think that Soma can be used as an anti-anxiety drug.
First of all, the fact is that Soma holds certain anxiolytic properties, namely that it alleviates anxiety. However, these properties are not that pronounced. Also, the sedative and muscle relaxant properties of the medication also may seem to be anxiolytic and some people may mistake these properties for anti-anxiety properties.
Furthermore, many patients who have been using Soma for different conditions and ailments and who have also suffered from mild anxiety have reported that this medication has helped them not only with their muscle spasms and pains, but also with anxiety. Especially those people who suffer from insomnia that is brought about by anxiety have reported that it has helped them plenty with this. The reason for this is that Soma also promotes sleep and causes sleepiness.However, it has to be noted that this medication is not meant to be used for anxiety and that the FDA has not approved this medication for this use.
There are medications that may be prescribed for off-label use for conditions they have not been approved for, but this is not the case with Soma and anxiety. Practically no doctor will prescribe this medication for anxiety. The reason for this is that the anxiolytic properties of Soma are not that pronounced and that it would take unsafe amounts of Soma in order to produce anxiolytic effects that some other drugs produce at much lower doses.
It also has to be noted that Soma is not meant to be used for longer periods of time, which is something you would want from most of the anti-anxiety drugs.It is still a medication that is primarily used for its muscle relaxant and analgesic (pain relieving) properties, like for example in cases of muscle injuries or other conditions that involved pain in the muscles or muscle spasms.In conclusion, Soma does hold certain anti-anxiety properties, but if you are suffering from anxiety disorder of any kind, there are much more suitable medications on the market. Still, as far as muscle relaxants go, there are very few medications that can match Soma, if any at all.