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Could I delivered a healthy baby while taking clonazapam (klonopin) while pregnant?

Could I delivered a healthy baby while taking clonazapam (klonopin) while pregnant?

It's possible...: Anti-seizure medicines raise the odds of birth defects. Benzodiazepines (klonopin (clonazepam) being one) can cause the newborn to have trouble moving, breathing, feeding, and staying warm. However, mom having seizures while pregnant is itself a risk to the baby. It's very important for mom to work closely with her docs on this. If possible, have a gameplan before getting pregnant. ...Read more

Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Clonazepam (Definition)

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


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Can you tell me about delivering a healthy baby while taking clonazapam (klonopin) while pregnant?

Can you tell me about delivering a healthy baby while taking clonazapam (klonopin) while pregnant?

See below.: If you take clonazepam during your pregnancy, your baby may be at risk of having withdrawal symptoms at birth including irritability, muscle weakness, sleep problems, jitteriness, inability to regulate body temperature, and labored breathing. You should discuss treatment options w/ your dr. Including nonpharmacological tx of anxiety or insomnia during pregnancy. ...Read more

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Taking klonopin (clonazepam) during pregnancy what are the risks?

Taking klonopin (clonazepam) during pregnancy what are the risks?

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

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Would the withdrawal from stopping klonopin (clonazepam) be worse than taking it in very early 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 more

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Suboxone and klonopin (clonazepam) during pregnancy okay?

Suboxone and klonopin (clonazepam) during pregnancy okay?

No: Benzodiazepines and Suboxone have been known to cause death, when taken together. I would not take them together even if I were not pregnant. Benzodiazepines during pregnancy can increase the risk of miscarriage and birth defects. ...Read more

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I have been on 3mg klonopin (clonazepam) a day, I think I'm pregnant, I've gone down to 1 mg. Is this safe? I can't see my doc until Next week.

I have been on 3mg klonopin (clonazepam) a day, I think I'm pregnant, I've gone down to 1 mg. Is this safe? I can't see my doc until Next week.

Pregnancy class D: That's a big drop. How do you feel? Have you confirmed that you are pregnant yet (home pregnancy test)? Risks and benefits of a rapid taper of Klonopin (clonazepam) should be discussed with your doctor. ...Read more

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I'm 24wks pregnant I took a 2mg Xanax (alprazolam) I'm prescribed klonopin when they test the meconium can they tell the difference between klonopin and xanax (alprazolam)?

I'm 24wks pregnant I took a 2mg Xanax (alprazolam) I'm prescribed klonopin when they test the meconium can they tell the difference between klonopin and xanax (alprazolam)?

Benzodiazepines.: Why r u taking any benzodiazepines while pregnant? These need to be prescribed by your doctor/np. 2 mg of xanax (alprazolam) is about equal to 20mg of valium. Benzo is a benzo. Just asking u to do this with your medical professional and not 'just take.'. ...Read more

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Stopped taking 0.25mg klonopin (clonazepam) after 2 yrs Bc of positive pregnancy test, will withdrawal be significant?

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 more

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Hi, I am 6 weeks pregnant and have been taking klonopin (clonazepam) for the past 2years/ 1/2 mg x3 a day, what is the safest way to taper off?

Hi, I am 6 weeks pregnant and have been taking klonopin (clonazepam) for the past 2years/ 1/2 mg x3 a day, what is the safest way to taper off?

Talk to doctor: The safest thing to do is to return to your regular doctor ASAP and the doctor can prescribe a scheduled taper. Given how long you've been on the medicine perhaps going down by one dose every week will be safest but it needs to start soon as benzodiazepines like clonazepam can affect the fetus. ...Read more

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30 weeks pregnant will taking klonopin (clonazepam) effect my unborn baby?

30 weeks pregnant will taking klonopin (clonazepam) effect my unborn baby?

Always a risk: I try to get my pregnant patients to stop taking any meds if possible [there are exceptions]. The first 3 months are the most crucial. Is talk therapy available? If Klonopin (clonazepam) is absolutely necessary then use the lowest possible dose. Check with your obgyn doctor. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Low dose?: What is low dose and why you are taking this medication. It would be wise to discuss it with your Obstetrician and physician who prescribed Klonopin (clonazepam) to you. ...Read more

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If I got pregnant while taking klonopin and Prozac (fluoxetine) can it hurt early fetal development even if I stop as soon as I find out?

If I got pregnant while taking klonopin and Prozac (fluoxetine) can it hurt early fetal development even if I stop as soon as I find out?

Possibly: Neither of these medications have been found to definitely cause fetal problems, but the FDA advises caution in pregnancy. I suggest you discuss this with your OB/GYN ...Read more

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Risks and birth defects of taking lorazepam and klonopin (clonazepam) early in pregnancy?

Risks and birth defects of taking lorazepam and klonopin (clonazepam) early in pregnancy?

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 more

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I've been taking klonopin (clonazepam) for 10 years for anxiety and panic attacks. I'm 6 weeks pregnant and have tapered down to. 5 mg and cannot go any lower.

Coordinated care: Hello. Congratulations on your pregnancy. This is a serious situation. I am not sure how much on-line providers can be. Please work closely with both your psychiatrist and your obstetrian (who will need to colaborate) to work toward the final portion of your taper. There are alternative medications that would be safer for you baby. Take care. ...Read more

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I just found out I was 13 weeks pregnant and I have been taking Suboxone and klonopin since april...I tried cutting back on the Suboxone but I start to have cold sweats and anxiety very badly and need the klonopin to help with sleeping. What should I do?

I just found out I was 13 weeks pregnant and I have been taking Suboxone and klonopin since april...I tried cutting back on the Suboxone but I start to have cold sweats and anxiety very badly and need the klonopin to help with sleeping. What should I do?

Work with doctor: You need to work very carefully with your doctors -- your ob-gyn and your prescribing psychiatrist -- to manage your pregnancy and the medicines you're on. Although these medicines may result in some problems for your baby, going through active opiate or benzodiazepine withdrawal could be much worse. A maternal-fetal medicine specialist could help: www. Smfm. Org. ...Read more

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What are the effects of klonopin (clonazepam) on early pregnancy? Would the withdrawal be better or worse than tapering?

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

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I am coming off of klonopin (clonazepam) during pregnancy and was wondering if chamomile would be safe to drink to stay calm.

I am coming off of klonopin (clonazepam) during pregnancy and was wondering if chamomile would be safe to drink to stay calm.

Chamomile tea: Use of chamomile tinctures or extract is not recommended in pregnancy -- but this is much stronger than drinking it in dilute tea form. Drinking chamomile tea would generally be safe. Talk with your OB doctor about it too. ...Read more

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Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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Pregnancy (Definition)

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


Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Klonopin (Definition)

Klonopin is a long-acting benzodiazepine which is a kind of sleep-inducing drug (anti-anxiety drug, psychiatric drug) and a blood pressure drug which is a ...Read more