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Old 06-10-2008, 02:48 PM   #1
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Need quick advice - muscle relaxant

I am in so much pain right now with a neck injury (long story) & the only thing that helped me much before I got pregnant was Soma (carisprodol), a muscle relaxant. I'm wondering if I could take one now if I don't nurse again for 5 or 6 hours? (Will have to nurse dd then...she is 14 months, but nurses a lot late evening to morning. )

Here is some info I found on it:

Very limited data in humans show that SOMA is present in breast milk and may reach concentrations two to four times the maternal plasma concentrations. In one case report, a breast-fed infant received about 4-6% of the maternal daily dose through breast milk and experienced no adverse effects. However, milk production was inadequate and the baby was supplemented with formula. In lactation studies in mice, female pup survival and pup weight at weaning were decreased. This information suggests that maternal use of SOMA may lead to reduced or less effective infant feeding (due to sedation) and/or decreased milk production. Caution should be exercised when SOMA is administered to a nursing woman.

My gut is telling me to not take it....but if anyone has info on this that tells me it will be ok to take it one time....I'd love to hear it! Otherwise I'm sticking with the heating pad.

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Old 06-10-2008, 02:53 PM   #2
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Re: Need quick advice - muscle relaxant

Here's what I found:

http://www.safefetus.com/DrugDetail....a&TradeId=2325

I wouldn't take it. Can you call your doc for some safer alternatives?
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Old 06-10-2008, 02:59 PM   #3
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Re: Need quick advice - muscle relaxant

Thank you...yeah...I think I just need to suck it up for today & maybe tomorrow will be better. That doesn't look too good.
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I would probably not take it but you can contact a LLL leader and they can check onlne in Hales the breastfeeding/medicine bible.
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