Quaaludes are like barbituates — and I find it interesting that Soma also acts like a barbituate. I took Soma for a long time, and I think it works for chronic pain. Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about Soma (carisoprodol):
As of November 2007, carisoprodol (Somadril, Somadril comp.) has been taken off the market in Sweden due to problems with dependence and side effects… In May 2008 it was taken off the market in Norway. In the EU, the European Medicines Agency issued a release recommending member states suspend marketing authorization for this product in the treatment of acute (not chronic) back pain.
The interaction of carisoprodol with essentially all opioids, and other centrally acting analgesics, but especially those of the codeine-derived subgroup of the semisynthetic class (codeine, ethylmorphine, dihydrocodeine, hydrocodone, oxycodone, nicocodeine, benzylmorphine, the various acetylated codeine derivatives including acetyldihydrocodeine,dihydroisocodeine, nicodicodeine and others) which allows the use of a smaller dose of the opioid to have a given effect…
In recreational drug users, deaths have resulted from carelessly combining overdoses of hydrocodone and carisoprodol.