If we wish to address the issue of whether Soma has a habit-forming potential, i.e. whether a patient can develop dependency to it, i.e. is it addictive, we first need to say a thing or two about this medication, as this will help us understand this issue and it will become much easier to explain this.
Soma is a muscle relaxant medication that works not by affecting the muscles that need to be relaxed and where pain is present, but by interfering with the pain impulses which get from the muscle in question to the central nervous system, or the brain. By doing this, Soma prevents the patient from experiencing pain and thus responding with a spasm.
This also prevents further pain that comes from spasms. It is the way in which Soma alleviates pain and eases spasms. This is also why Soma is so efficient at helping people cope with muscle injuries, as it allows them to exercise more extensively and sooner heal their muscles. It is also very efficient at easing the pain and the spasms in conditions that are characterized by these problems in certain muscles.
On the other hand, this mechanism of action of Soma, which involves acting on the central nervous system brings with itself certain downsides. First of all, this effect on the CNS is responsible for the most common side effects of Soma, such as drowsiness and dizziness.
Also, this leads to Soma having some other properties which may be useful in certain cases, but which can also be responsible for certain bad points of the medication. Namely, besides its muscle relaxant and analgesic properties, Soma also holds certain anxiolytic, somnolent and sedative properties. Now, in some cases, these properties are a great advantage, like in cases when the patient cannot sleep properly due to the pain and the spasms.However, these properties are also the reason why Soma can be habit-forming. And now we come to the main point of this article. Namely, Soma has the potential for being habit forming and people have reported developing psychological dependency to the medication. The reason for this are the sedative and anxiolytic properties which often lead to people becoming dependent, i.e. addicted to the medication. These two expressions are often used interchangeably, but the fact is that they are not exactly the same.
Addiction is much more severe and dependency can be managed with the help of the doctor. It has to be noted that if you do become dependent to Soma, you might experience certain withdrawal symptoms once you do stop using it. In order to avoid this, you should consult your doctor who will help you discontinue the drug gradually.
You should also keep in mind that you can easily avoid or at least minimize the chances of becoming dependent to Soma and that is by using it only as prescribed and for as long as the doctor recommends. Most of the patients that do become dependent to Soma have been using it either for too long or in too large doses. Do not make the same mistake.