Medications during pregnancy... Has anyone taken Lyrica or Flexerol during pregnancy?

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I am currently 13 weeks pregnant with twins and very worried about taking class C medications.

I have cut back about half of the medications I was taking previously, but it seems like I can't get any relief without these as well as seroquel. I have ulcerative colitis and fibryomialga. I have an appointment with a high risk clinic in South Bend, IN on May 1st, but I was just wondering if anyone else had personal experience.

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Heather - posted on 05/02/2013

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I'm glad to hear people are having the same issues as I am. I am 21 weeks and have been taking lyrica for over 5 years for a numerological disorder in my foot. My doctor is just watching me closely. I am going to have some tests done next week to make sure the baby is developing correctly. It's so scary but I don't think I would be able to walk without the lyrica so my doctor is keeping me on it.

Christine - posted on 03/22/2011

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i took darvocet during my last pregnancy---and now they are taking it off the market!! however, my daughter had no problems from it. i never would have survived the pregnancy without it. i had headaches every day and nothing over the counter would even touch them. remember that category C means they don't know if it will cause problems, only that it could be a possibility---and i think there are plenty of us out here that have taken cass C meds during our pregnancies and our babies were not harmed by them.

Emily - posted on 05/10/2013

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I'm in the process of trying to come off the majority of my medications because I already knew I'd have to in order to be pregnant. I have fibro (lots of trouble sleeping) as well as hypertension & PCOS. However, my NP I see is amazing and is working very closely with me to try to overcome this. Flexeril is pregnancy category B (safe) though for those of you who mentioned that.

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Louise - posted on 01/16/2014

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Has anyone been on lyrica through out their pregnancy or have had to come off it?? Please help, I can find v little info on the subject!....

My partner and are want to start a family in the near future but have huge worries as I'm currently on lyrica and have been for the last 5 years due to chronic sciatica. Before starting this drug I was pretty much bed bound. The sciatica was due to a re occurring disc bulge of which I had had surgery on 10 years ago. I have tried Physio, osteopath and chropath therapies and nothing has been able to get me to live my life, cycle to work even go to the gym on a weekly basis except lyrica.

I am now in a position where I just do not know what to do! The medics advise to come off the drug before we start to try for a baby but I'm terrified. Has anyone been on lyrica during their pregnancy both 1st and 2nd trimester? What do you know if any thing? As the medics seem to know v little? I'm also looking into finding a top specialist (private or not) for a second opinion. I just want to get informed and find out all my options if any? Does any one have any knowledge of this?

Marie - posted on 10/11/2013

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I had a fantastic O.B. who consulted my medication list with a high-risk doctor and filtered the good and the bads. Flexoril was actually one of the safest ones he said I could take but I did not take Lyrica.

Vicki - posted on 10/16/2012

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I was diagonosed with Fibro 9 months after I delivered my first baby, I want to lose 35 lbs and come off my Lyrica before getting pregnant again. Now I have hope if i can't make it. A few months ago i tried to come off it but at the same time had started run club. the combination was an epic failure.

Melinda - posted on 07/07/2012

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it nice to hear people on meds had healthy babies im pretty positive im pg and im on alot of meds because i have polymytosis a muscle disease. since i have the mirena im sure the hormones released is causing me to test neg on the home tests so im going in monday for a blood test. ive got to kids already and i know what pregnancy feels like. this is so reassuring ive been so worried but i think ill be fine.

Melissa - posted on 05/02/2011

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I have Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid arthritis, hypothyroidism, celiac disease, and osteoarthritis. i have seen an increase in my symptoms this pregnancy, this is my third pregnancy, and don't know if it's because i had to go off savella, klonopin, and topomax, or because of the hormones. either way, i'm worried about the pain , because i went through an awful time after my second, and i don't want to go through that"bad place of pain, exhaustion, and being a new mom", If anyone took any non-narcotic medication for fibromyalgia during pregnancy, or did anything that helped, please let me know.thankyou-Melissa

Holly - posted on 03/14/2011

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How wonderful this was to see someone in my shoes. I had a peroneal neuropathy which caused numbness and slight pain in the toes of my right foot. I was taking Lyrica when I found out that I was pregnant. Unfortunately, my doctor suggested I drop the med. I started Physical Therapy - and with annodyne therapy - began showing improvement almost immediately. In 6 treatments, I had feeling back in my toes! Up until that point, I could not feel my toes rubbing inside my shoes and wore 3 pressure wounds on my toes. My Physical therapist forwarded me to a wound care group because they weren't recouperating well.
I saw a podiatrist, and she suggested having one of my toenails removed because it was loose due to the wound, and she didn't want it to get infected underneath. The day after the toenail removal, I was in real pain. It worsened from there. To make a long story short, right now my foot is swollen, and I'm suffereing from burning pain in my toes and up my leg. I'm taking the lowest dosage of LorTab just to be able to walk properly and to help with sleep. Nightly, I'm getting about 4 hours sleep (in 2 hour increments) if that. I was sent to a pain management group who can't do much for me due to the pregnancy, a defibrillator, and an allergy to CT dye. So the doctor prescribed new Physical Therapy, and suggested that he contact my OB to discuss the best medications...one being Lyrica.
I feel bad succumbing to taking another medication - pariticularly a Category C. However, my OB e-mailed me today saying that she thinks it is a good idea at least for a while. The benefits of blocking the nerve to get intense PT, and some solid sleep, currently are outweighing the risks.

Up until joining this group, I was really worried about taking the Catagory C drug. I'm already taking a BP med, Lovenox for prevention of clots, the LorTab for pain, and another med to help with sleep (all approved by my OB). I just felt like I was overmedicating both myself and the little bambino. Everyone tells me I should start feeling the baby moving soon because I'm almost 18 weeks along. I joked with my sister saying that the baby is probably groggy and slow-moving because of the meds. She laughed and reassured me that it's not the truth, but I still felt like there was truth to my humor.

That is until I read Marie's post. I feel so much better hearing that someone has gone through this (albeit in a slightly different way). I particularly appreciated the last part starting with "My sweet Sophie...". It was encouraging and a great support to my psyche and decision making.
Thanks Marie, and thanks to Laura for posting your original question! :)

Tara - posted on 06/28/2009

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Lyrica is in the grouping of medications that are not advised to take during pregnancy (I was on it and my daughter is now 8mos). Talk to your pain mgmt dr or OB...they have drug booklets. I ended up being allergic to seroquel 2 yrs ago. Narcotics with Dr. aproval is no big deal. I was on oxycontin with my youngest son and he has had no adverse reactions. and he is now 6 yrs. (tara from 15min driver from Battle Creek, MI)

Misty - posted on 06/18/2009

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My doctor okayed flexeril during my pregnancy. She said there's a site some where (I didn't get a chance to write it down, therefore I don't remember where) that tells "histories" as ooposed to studies. Because some moms, like us, have had to make the choice to be too miserable to survive the pregnancy or take certain meds, there IS some known info as to what is or isn't safe during pregnancy. My dr said that Flexeril has an extremely low risk and Prozac has shown no sign of ill effects. This was amazing news to me. Hope it helps you. If I find the website, I'll post the hell out of it. Moms need to know this stuff! God bless you and yours.

Marie - posted on 04/21/2009

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Another thing I wanted to tell you is that all of the commercials on T.V. for people to come forward who have fibrmyalgia and no one wanted to touch me because of me being pregnant, I thought they would've jumped on it so that they could find out and study me throught the pregnancy, but no one wanted any part of it.

Marie - posted on 04/21/2009

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I am sooo glad to finally meet someone who has been pregnant with fibromyalgia. I have had it for 12 years now, I got diagnosed with it when my first child was 9 months old, it seemed to hit me like a brick and everything went downhill fast. I was put on medication after medication until I had to stop working and colloege and just stay in bed mostly all of the time. I went through years of going to different doctors and trying to find the right ine for me was extremely hard, no on knew about the disease then and lots of the doctors tried to tell me that it was all in my head. Knowing that it wasn't, I pushed on and finally found a good doctor. I was on so many different meds then that she had no choice but to keep it up and slowly try to remove some of them. 23 years ago on December 3 I took a pregnancy test and it was positive, knowing that you are not supposed to take medicines while being pregnant, my OBGYN told me to stop all meds. 3 days later I went into full withdrawal. I thought I was going to die and was very worried about my little one inside me. I couldn't keep anything down and was throwing up and had diarreah constantly, not to mention the pain was untolerable. I was crying all the time and I truly thought I was going crazy. I was reading in a book about infants whose mothers took medications and the withdrawals the babies would have and tiold my husband-- this is how I feel. Right away he called my pain management doctor and she had him come in to get me some medications. She then explained to me tat if everyone who was sick didn't have babies the population of the world wouldn't be so high. So we got back on a few meds. at the time I had to have the Fentenyl patch( this is a class D)(very scary),a heart medication to make mt heart stop jumping around in my chest(this was for a very short while), prozac, after this I went to a high risk OBGYN and she was not liking me having to take the meds but it was a must. She sent me to Barnes Hospital in St. Louis (it's the biggest and best around this area) and I went into the Genetics dept. to have some tests run to make sure the baby was okay from the past meds, some of the things I had read had scared me to death and I was so worried, I couldn't think of anything else, I was a basketcase all the time. The first testwas a blood test and the 2nd part of the test was an ultrasound, they came back to tell me that the baby was going to have Down's Syndrome and the #18? Gene and was not going to last until her first birthday! I was staggering to say the least. I cried so hard and I felt so bad that I had done that to a child. The next doctor I saw told me that The test was so off because several things didn't match up--the date I got pregant, the fact that I had diabetes, and several other things. He told me that I could take a test where they put a needle into your belly, while they are watching on the ultrascreen and they take out this fluid and test it. That day he told me everything-- I was going to have a baby girl, she was to have brown hair, blue eyes and the best news of all was that my little one was 100% FINE!!! I jumped for joy and so did my husband, we bot cried with relief. That doctor and my pain management doctor got together and made up a plan for me--here is was-- at the time I was taking the Fentenyl patch 100 micrograms every 72 hours, we stepped down 25 micrograms every 2-3 weeks until we finally got down to the last 25 and then went to 12.5 and then totally off, I still had to have pain medication, so they put me on Oxycontin 40 mg. every 8 hours, it didn't cove my pain and I still was very ify about it, but I had to have something. It had taken 5 months to get off that patch and it was not at all fun. So that's what I stayed on until having the baby and the next day aftet she was born they changed the dose to80 mgs. 3 times a day. My sweet Sophie was fine, even though I had that class D drug in me for 5 months and then the class C for the rest of the time. You have to keep your spirits up and know that the doctors know what they are doing and the risk outweighs the other stuff. Eat right, sleep well, don't get yourself worked up about anything and take one day at a time and if you can't do that take 5 minutes at a time and don't get mad at yourself for the things that you can't get done, celebrate the things that you can. Remember that you are doing a very important job in carrying that little one and that this time being pregnant doesn't last forever. You will be fine. Do no think of bad things, make them leave your mind and pamper yourself often, you deserve it. You are being the best mom that you can, keep up the good work and enjoy your pregnancy, you look wonderful!!

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