Originally Posted by AngelfaceGirl
Can anyone give me any information about taking Carisoprodol 350MG (Soma) Tab while pregnant. I am 14 weeks pregnant and My appt to see a doctor is not until October due to insurance issues. I have been taking Carisoprodol for the past 5 years for Muscle Spasms. I normally take 1 pill every 8 Hours (3 a day). I have cut back on them when I found out I was pregnant. I now take half of pill every 8 hrs(1 1/2 a day) It has been hard to deal with the pain since I have cut back so I just try to relax as much as I can. I have tried to do some research on the Internet but can't really find any information saying it harms the baby. I have even tried calling the pharmacist and was told call my doctor they don't give me any information one way or the other. So my question is has anyone here taken this medication and is it safe for me to take while pregnant. I have been so stressed worrying and don't want to harm my baby. Please if anyone can let me know I would greatly appreciate any feed back regarding carisoprodol (Soma). Thanks for your help.
Hi Angelfacegirl, Carisoprodol (soma) is one of those drugs where there just isnt any clear study or evidence of the exact effect on pregnant mothers or the unborn child as safe usage in pregnant or lactating woman has not been established. It is recommended that physicians weigh the benefits of use against the potential hazard to the mother and child.
Also, keep in mind should you remain on this medication and plan on breastfeeding that soma has been found to present itself in breast milk at concentrations 2 to 4 times that of in maternal plasma.
Soma also contains aspirin. Ingestion of aspirin near term or prior to delivery may prolong delivery or lead to bleeding in the mother, fetus or neonate.
This is a drug that is in a class amongst others of those that safety hasnt been proven but doctors will often still feel comfortable prescribing it to their pregnant patients. Seeing how you have a little while yet to go before your doctors appt. i would call the doctors office and explain the situation to them and ask the doctor if he/she would recommend you continue to take the med until you come in for your appt. If the doctor wants you to stop taking the medication i would definately ask, seeing how long you have been on it, if it is safe for you to just stop taking it cold turkey or if you should taper off of it as soma isnt classified as an addicting drug however, taking into consideration the length of time you have been on it and the condition you suffer the physical pain you would endure by just stopping it abruptly could stress you out physically (as we all know, pain will increase the blood pressure as well) and what effect could that have on your unborn child.
I would call your doctor and ask alot of questions! After all, that is what they are there for!