Store regex expression in WordPress DB using Options API

I have been searching all afternoon for a solution and couldn’t find one. I am writing a plugin which needs to store regex expressions in the WP DB. An example expression is the following.

/(http:\/\/)(.*?)(example.com)/i

Storing the expression seems to work fine with update_option() and the entry in the database has the backslashes escaped with another backslash. However, when retrieving the option using get_option() the escape backslashes aren’t removed, and I need to apply stripslashes() to get rid of them.

Is this a reliable method to manage the storage and retrieval of backslashes in the WP DB? Are they missing a stripslashes() or similar when the get_option() is used to retrieve the expression from the database?

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