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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)?
Clonazepam: That is a very low dose of klonopin, and while both are generally well tolerated without adverse effects to a fetus, the dose of zoloft (sertraline) is higher. You may also want to consider increasing exercise, as that is helpful for both anxiety and depression. Also of note there can be as many complications for the fetus of untreated depression and anxiety. Discuss with your psychiatrist. ...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
Stopped taking 0.25mg klonopin (clonazepam) after 2 yrs Bc of positive pregnancy test, will withdrawal be significant?
Not necessarily: This is a small dose and because klonopin (clonazepam) is a very long acting benzodiazepine it will be metabolized down very slowly so it likely will not cause problems - learning and using relaxation procedures/visualization/breathng techniques/etc can be a strong replacement. Exercise may also help. Discontinuing caffeine- containing drinks and products may help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I just took a pregnancy test that came back positive. I am currently taking Prozac (fluoxetine) and klonopin, is it ok to be taking these?
Stop; read my commen: Pregnancy , we all agree, is part of the develop process. Its drives are powerful. Your child is literally installing the basic structure of who this person will become. So keep all meds to a reasonable ! level. Both meds affect your brain, though Klonopin (clonazepam) is safer in both areas. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Anxiety disorder worsened during pregnancy. I am post partum and back on paxil, (paroxetine) clonazepam .05mg 2x daily. 20 yrs on rx. Anxiety still bad- advice?
Psychotherapy: Medication alone is not optimal treatment for anxiety. See a psychologist for psychotherapy (ongoing, at least weekly) to understand and address the cause(s) of your anxiety (not just the symptom). With good psychotherapy, you may need less medication or none at all. Sometimes talk is the best medicine. ...Read more
Currently on Luvox (fluvoxamine) and Clonazepam and took a + pregnancy test today. Should I continue?
Past 2yrs, had 2 miscarriages;no prev. Pregnancies. I've been presribed klonopin (clonazepam) apprx.5 yrs.My dr.Said ok while preg.;"just cut bk."reason 4 loss?
Needs workup done: Multiple miscarriages in a short period of time can have a variety of causes including genetic, environmental, infectious, and "bad luck." this can be worked up in order to determine what is behind the mishaps. And while chronically taking anything such as Klonopin (clonazepam) while pregnant is not preferable during pregnancy i don't believe it is of high importance to the miscarriages as their cause. ...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