Doctor warns muscle relaxer Soma may be as dangerous as banned Darvocet

Posted: February 25, 2011 Author: Jennifer Walker-Journey Pharmaceutical

Why did it take so long for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to pull from the market? Especially when, on several occasions, FDA advisory committees recommended to the FDA that , like Darvocet or , should be removed from the market because of and concerns?

“It perplexed a number of us for many years that individuals were prescribed propoxyphene-containing products when these drugs didn’t appear to provide any greater pain relief than more simple approaches,” says Dr. Charles Argoff, Professor of Neurology at Albany Medical College and Director of the Comprehensive Pain Center at Albany Medical Center in Albany, .

Propoxyphene-containing drugs, such as Darvocet and Darvon, were finally banned from the market after new data showed the drugs were linked to an increased risk of .

“However, lurking out there, so to speak, is another issue,” Dr. Argoff continues. “Several years ago, Europe’s equivalent of the Drug Enforcement Agency, the Europen Medicines Agency (EMEA), received information from Norway about the use of () as a and concerns about its ability to create dependency. In fact, Sweden and Norway have removed Soma from their markets, and the EMEA has advised all its member nations to actually remove the drug from their markets.”

Soma is still widely available in the U.S. as a muscle relaxant. Yet, Dr. Argof sys, it has its own set of issues that one should be concerned about.

“So I caution those of you who use Soma for your patients as a muscle relaxant,” he says. “I also caution you that, like Darvon and Darvocet, which for many years have been off the market in at least one other country, Soma has been taken off the market in countries outside the United States. When we prescribe, it’s important to think about what we can prescribe that will help our patients, but in the safest manner possible.”

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  • Anonymous

    Lol.. love your post. I’m a nurse and I’d like to share a little bit. Skeletal muscle relaxants are centrally acting agents that work by reducing the tone of skeletal muscle causing muscle to relax. There are many classes of drugs that are classed as skeletal muscle relaxants and how they work may differ. These drugs are used to relieve skeletal muscle spasms due to spastic conditions and can be used to relieve musculoskeletal pain and spasms.thanks!@AYANA:)

  • Anonymous

    I am an individual that was put on this daily..and after many years just found out it was classified as a narcotic. The side effects have been horrendous..are these doctors becoming drug pushers? are there any lawsuits out there on this medication and the side effects?

    • http://www.beasleyallen.com/ BeasleyAllen

      Thank you for your comment. As far as I know, there are no lawsuits currently pending about Soma. It was mentioned simply as a drug with a similar function to Darvon and Darvocet, so patients can be aware and ask their doctor. I am sorry to hear you had trouble with it!