Carisoprodol  Breastfeeding

For most of the drugs advantages of taking medications overweighs the potential risks however some drugs could be really dangerous for breastfed baby hence every medication shall be considered separately. In this page we will discuss about purpose of Carisoprodol and its risk associated with lactation. We will also discuss the usage of Carisoprodol and some common side effects associated with Carisoprodol .

What is Carisoprodol used for?


Carisoprodol tablets, USP is indicated for the relief of discomfort associated with acute, painful musculoskeletal conditions in adults. Carisoprodol tablets, USP should only be used for short periods (up to two or three weeks) because adequate evidence of effectiveness for more prolonged use has not been established and because acute, painful musculoskeletal conditions are generally of short duration [see Dosage and Administration (2)].

Is Carisoprodol usage safe while breastfeeding? If a lactating mother is using it can there be any effect on growth or development of infant?

Carisoprodol  low risk for breastfeeding
Carisoprodol contains only one active ingredient that is Carisoprodol. We have analyzed the usage of Carisoprodol in breastfeeding and our analysis suggest that Carisoprodol poses Low risk for infant while breastfeeding and hence Carisoprodol itself shall be considered Low risk item for breastfeeding.

Carisoprodol Breastfeeding Analsys


Carisoprodol while Breastfeeding

Low Risk

CAS Number: 78-44-4

Skeletal muscle relaxant with sedative effects on the central nervous system. It is metabolized to meprobamate.Indicated on low back pain. It is excreted into breast milk in a clinically non-significant amount (Nordeng 2001, Bailey 2002, Briggs 2008) without problems being observed on infants whose mothers were receiving this medication, (Nordeng 2001), except for a mild sedation with higher maternal drug doses (Briggs 2008) .Plasma levels in the infant were undetectable (Briggs 2008). Carisoprodol use increases the risk of abuse and addictive behavior, intoxication and possible psychomotor impairment (Bailey 2002, EMA 2007) being such a reason to be withdrawn from the market in some countries. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has recommended to withhold authorizations for marketing of medicines that contains Carisoprodol (EMA 2007, Reeves 2012, Bramases 2012). If administered during breastfeeding, it is advisable to use a minimum effective dose and monitor a possible sedation on the infant and an inadequate milk production (Sachs 2013).


Carisoprodol Breastfeeding Analsys - 2


Carisoprodol while Breastfeeding

CAS Number: 78-44-4

If carisoprodol is required by the mother, it is not necessarily a reason to discontinue breastfeeding. Slight sedation has occurred in a breastfed newborn infant who was exposed during pregnancy and lactation; sedation might be more pronounced in newborns who are exposed for the first time during nursing. Other agents may be preferred, especially while nursing a newborn or preterm infant, or when other drugs that can cause sedation are used simultaneously.



What should I do if I am breastfeeding mother and I am already exposed to Carisoprodol ?

Carisoprodol is in the category of low risk, if you have already used it then its not a big deal if health and behavior of baby is good. However your health care provider shall be aware of the fact that you have used Carisoprodol so you should inform him based on your convenience.


I am nursing mother and my doctor has suggested me to use Carisoprodol , is it safe?

Though Carisoprodol dose not comes in category of safe drugs rather it comes in category of low risk but if your doctor is aware that you are breastfeeding your baby and has still recommended it then its advantages must be outweighing the risks.


If I am using Carisoprodol , will my baby need extra monitoring?

Not much monitoring required while using Carisoprodol


Who can I talk to if I have questions about usage of Carisoprodol in breastfeeding?

US
National Womens Health and Breastfeeding Helpline: 800-994-9662 (TDD 888-220-5446) 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday

UK
National Breastfeeding Helpline: 0300-100-0212 9.30am to 9.30pm, daily
Association of Breastfeeding Mothers: 0300-330-5453
La Leche League: 0345-120-2918
The Breastfeeding Network supporter line in Bengali and Sylheti: 0300-456-2421
National Childbirth Trust (NCT): 0300-330-0700

Australia
National Breastfeeding Helpline: 1800-686-268 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Canada
Telehealth Ontario for breastfeeding: 1-866-797-0000 24 hours a day, 7 days a week