Muscle relaxant

I have a protruding disk that is pinching my sciatic nerve and is very painful. I am taking 1 time at night (right after breastfeeding) 350mg of carisoprodol, a muscle relaxer. My 16 month old is in the process of weaning, but do I have to? He would be nursing 24 hours after the dose. Is that a danger to him?

I am also taking 800 mg. of ibuprofen 3 times a day.


Debbi Donovan

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Carisoprodol is a muscle relaxant and a central nervous system depressant. It is readily transferred into human milk, and reaches levels 2 to 4 times that which are in your bloodstream. "Although it may produce infant drowsiness and gastrointestinal upset, long term maternal use has not produced toxicity in infants." (Medications and Mothers' Milk, Thomas Hale, R.Ph., Ph.D., 1997)

This drug has a half-life of 8 hours, meaning that, theoretically, close to 90% will have cleared your system before your baby next nurses (24 hours later).

Ibuprofen has been approved for use in nursing mothers by the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Drugs. It is secreted in very low levels into breastmilk, generally less than .6% of the maternal dose (Hale 1997).

It may be helpful in making your decision to discuss this information with your Health Care Provider and Pharmacist.

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