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Can you take xanax (alprazolam) for anxiety while pregnant? is there any options besides ssri's?

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Dr. Lynne Weixel
Clinical Psychology 36 years experience
Not recommended: Xanax (alprazolam) is generally avoided in pregnancy. SSRIs are now being considered safe, but they were once suspect (and may be again - who knows?). But non-pharma mental health treatments exist. They have no side effects, no withdrawal and can teach you ways to live better. It's something to consider as you enter a new phase of life. Raising a child with knowledge and understanding you'll get is a good idea
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 23 years experience
NO Benzos: Xanax, valiium, etc have a history of known causality for birth defects and they are to be avoided in all of pregnancy and breast feeding as these can be passed to the baby causing withdrawal effects and undue mains effects e.g. sedation and loss of breathing drive. 2nd trimmest SSRI's are can use, are the better option in pregnancy e.g. zoloft/ prozac, celexa. No paxil (paroxetine) though. Discuss with ob/g.

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