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Klonopin During Pregnancy
Klonopin (clonazepam) belongs to a class of medications called benzodiazepines. They are also referred to as sedative-hypnotics & anxiolytics. These medications are used for a variety of indications to include anxiety, insomnia, muscle spasm, seizure, & alcohol withdrawal. All benzodiazepines including Clonazepam are potentially habit forming. Alcohol should be ...Read more
Big risks: Clonazepam has been assigned to pregnancy category D by the FDA. An increased risk of congenital malformations in humans has been associated with use of all known anticonvulsant agents in the treatment of women with epilepsy. However, epilepsy itself may be associated with an increased risk of congenital malformations. Additionally, use of other benzodiazepines is associated with an increased risk in congenital malformation ...Read more
I am coming off of klonopin (clonazepam) during pregnancy and was wondering if chamomile would be safe to drink to stay calm.
Is it more safe to take .25 mg klonopin or 150mg Zoloft (sertraline) during pregnancy? Have been on klonopin for 10 yrs & dr wants to switch to zoloft (sertraline)?
Meds & Pregnancy: The fda rates Klonopin as a category d for safety in pregnancy; zoloft (sertraline) is a category c. Klonopin has been associated with some fetal malformations, but this is not consistent. It may be more problematic to take both of these drugs together than it is to take either one alone. http://www.womensmentalhealth.org/ssris-and-benzodiazepines-reproductive-safety-of-combined-treatment/. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How long does it take for klonopin (clonazepam) to not be detected in blood test during pregnancy?
Quite a while: The half life of this drug is 20-50 hours, which is the time for half of it to be excreted. ...Read more
If anxiety med had to be taken during pregnancy, is it better to take .25 mg klonopin or 150 mg of zoloft (sertraline)?
Medications: This is a decision that should be made with the psychiatrist, the obstetrician & the patient. As a psychiatrist i would recommend a selective serotonin reuptaker inhibitor over a benzodiazapine. Some women may elect to stop use of psychotropic medications but for others the risk of stopping outweighs the benefits. ...Read more
I am 8 weeks pregnant and on a very low dose of klonopin (clonazepam) what are the risks involved in taking this drug during pregnancy?
Would the withdrawal from stopping klonopin (clonazepam) be worse than taking it in very early pregnancy?
Klonopin (clonazepam) & Pregnancy: Seizures from abrupt Klonopin (clonazepam) withdrawal can potentially harm the fetus. Neural tube defects occur between the 21 and 29th day of pregnancy. Klonopin (clonazepam) is pregnancy category D. No controlled studies have been done on humans. Your doctor should discuss with you the risks. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are the effects of klonopin (clonazepam) on early pregnancy? Would the withdrawal be better or worse than tapering?
Category D- BAD: Klonopin (clonazepam) during pregnancy is risky and could a baby's brain functions. However, (and this is IMPORTANT). If you are on klonopin (clonazepam) (for whatever the reason) and you are or become pregnant then, you should not suddenly stop or start the drug without checking with your doctor. Only your doctor can best tell you to either go cold turkey or taper. Good luck. ...Read more
I have been taking .25mg of klonopin (clonazepam) for bad anxiety. My husband and i want to have a baby. How bad is this lose dose pertaining to pregnancy?
Moderately bad: It is a relatively low dose- but should be discontinued. ...Read more
When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more