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A 21-year-old female asked:

is it ok to take xanex while pregnant? i've been diagnosed with major anxiety and have been on this medication for about a year and a half.

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Serena Chen
Fertility Medicine 33 years experience
See your Dr!: Xanax (alprazolam) is not recommended during pregnancy but neither is untreated anxiety. Please talk with your doctor about safer options to treat your anxiety while still keeping your pregnancy safe.
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 26 years experience
Stop Xanax (alprazolam).: Xanax (alprazolam) is not a good treatment for long-term anxiety because of its short half-life. You should probably start a mood stabilizer such as an ssri/antidepressant agent to avoid the ups and downs xanax (alprazolam) produces. In pregnancy in particular, other benzodiazepines or ssris are preferable to xanax (alprazolam). See a maternal-fetal medicine and a psychiatry specialist to deal with this asap.
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Child Psychiatry 23 years experience
No it is NOT: Please speak to your doctor as soon as possible about tapering off if you plan on becoming or are pregnant. These medications are known to cause birth defects especially if taken in the first trimester. Take care

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