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What birth defects does Xanax (alprazolam) cause?

What birth defects does Xanax (alprazolam) cause?

Xanax (alprazolam): Can ^ risk for cleft lip or cleft palate, ...Read more

Dr. Alan Ali
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Alprazolam (Definition)

Alprazolam is a short acting benzodiazepine, it does not last long in the system . So when used regularly with multiple doses to treat anxiety, it is associated with inter-dose withdrawal, tolerance and a resulting increase level of baseline anxiety. So in anxiety clinics, we use it only in cases of " flight , dentist or other infrequent anxieties, ...Read more


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What birth defects can using Xanax (alprazolam) cause?

What birth defects can using Xanax (alprazolam) cause?

Xanax (alprazolam): There is controversy in research about this, but some data shows that xanax (alprazolam) can be associated with oral clefts in infants. Babies born when mothers use xanax (alprazolam) will also be born habituated to the drug, and may go through withdrawal. ...Read more

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What birth defects will Xanax (alprazolam) and narco cause if taken first 7 months of pregnancy? And when will they be noticeable?

Xanax (alprazolam): Xanax (alprazolam) should not be taken in pregnancy. It can result in withdrawal of the fetus at birth. It is reported to be associated with developmental delays, skeletal anomalies, and problems with brain development. Please discuss this your physician. ...Read more

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I have terrible anxiety. Worse now than ever. Is it safe to take Xanax (alprazolam) while pregnant? (if it were to happen) are there any proven birth defects w. Use

I have terrible anxiety. Worse now than ever. Is it safe to take Xanax (alprazolam) while pregnant? (if it were to happen) are there any proven birth defects w. Use

PREGNANCY CATEGORY D: Xanax (alprazolam) is not adviced to be taken if you are pregnant. Likelihood of dependency and addction is high and that can affect the fetus.
It is pregnancy class d, which means it can cause congenital abnormalities in the fetus and withdrawl symptoms in the new born
discuss with your doctors about your anxiety and use of alternative treatment. ...Read more

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Describe the concept of a birth defect.?

Describe the concept of a birth defect.?

Abnormal tissue Form: In simplistic terms a bd might be considered any abnormality found in a baby at birth. A better, more specific idea is a failure of a tissue or structure to form properly in fetal development.(cleft palate). A "disruption" can create a bd -loss of fingers to amnionic bands. Chromasome defects lead to several bd's like heart defects. ...Read more

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What leads to most birth defects?

What leads to most birth defects?

Alcohol: The avoidable agent best known for producing a variety of birth defects is alcohol. The spectrum of defects varies considerably with the amount consumed during pregnancy. The most involved are born to alcoholic mothers while as few as 2 drinks a day has a significant risk. Defects vary from decreased intellect, heart, skeletal, facial and numerous other features.,. ...Read more

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Why are birth defects are on the rise?

Environment: Although some birth defects are inherited others come from harmful environmental factors, and others are a result from complex interaction of genes and environmental factors. In about 50% of the cases the causes are unknown. Some birth defects can be prevented by not drinking or smoking or using street drugs during pregnancy. Talk to a healthcare provider about medications you are taking as well ...Read more

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What causes a baby to have birth defects?

Birth defect causes: 1- genetic; either inherited from parents or just random chance (new mutation)
2- Infection; toxo, herpes, varciella, syphilis, rubella, etc 3- environmental factors; like radiation 4 — Medications ...Read more

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What's the percentage that have birth defects?

What's the percentage that have birth defects?

3 to 4 %: The comprehensive NIH study of 50,000 pregnancies with infants followed up to the age of 7 years revealed approximately 3 to 4 % major birth defects in the neonatal period (not including genetic disorders like cystic fibrosis), defined as a condition requiring surgery, causing a significant cosmetic problem, or a significant functional problem. By age 7 years, the percentage of affected was 7% ...Read more

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Which birth defects are the most problematic to fix?

Which birth defects are the most problematic to fix?

Varies: That varies tremendously. Some are minor and don't need fixing. Some are very severe and can't be fixed at all. Many are in between; they might not be completely fixable, but the right doctor might be able to make the problem considerably better. ...Read more

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Can birth defects be prevented?

Can birth defects be prevented?

Yes: Some can, but not all. Taking Folic Acid supplements before conception can prevent spinal cord defects. Excellent sugar control for a diabetic, avoiding certain drugs or medications early in pregnancy, and being aware of higher risks with advancing maternal age are all important. ...Read more

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Can Accutane cause birth defects?

It WILL cause defect: "The baseline population risk of malformations is 3-5%, but it increases to almost 30% in women exposed to isotretinoin during the first trimester of pregnancy." see http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19961047
Many are profound, horrible defects--absent ears, tiny brain, deafness and blindness. Effects may occur many months after a woman ceases taking it. ...Read more

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Is ADHD considered a birth defect?

Is ADHD considered a birth defect?

ADHD is not a defect: ADHD is not considered a birth defect. It is a variation in brain anatomy and chemistry that is actually fairly common. Many people with ADHD have relatives who also have it and a genetic link has been found in many cases. ...Read more

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Is hemophilia a kind of birth defect?

Is hemophilia a kind of birth defect?

Genetic disease: Hemophilia is a bleeding disorder that occurs when a person is missing a particular factor in the chain of events that leads to the formation of a blood clot. It is an inherited disease, like some birth defects, but usually the term "birth defect" refers to a physical, or anatomic, problem with a baby, rather than a genetic disease. ...Read more

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And why does xray cause birth defects?

And why does xray cause birth defects?

DNA damage.: Mutations are sometimes caused by ionizing radiation (x-rays, ct-scans) applied to the maternal abdomen/pelvis during sensitive gestational periods (particularly 4-12 weeks). The actual mechanism is damage to the dna by the radiation beam. ...Read more

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Does abnormal sperm shape cause birth defects?

Does abnormal sperm shape cause birth defects?

Unlikely: Since millions of sperm are involved in the race for the egg, it is the abnormal sperm that don't swim as well and are not likely to succeed in fertilizing an egg. ...Read more

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Do amniotic sac disorders cause birth defects?

Do amniotic sac disorders cause birth defects?

Amniotic Fluid: Best discussed with your ob.
Too much or too little amniotic fluid is associated with abnormalities in development and pregnancy complications. Differences in the amount of fluid may be the cause or the result of the problem. ...Read more

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Could electronic cigarettes cause birth defects?

Could electronic cigarettes cause birth defects?

Cigarettes defects: Pregnant mothers who smoke have an increase chance of birthing a baby with defects, in particular cleft palates and lips. It is not clearly known if electronic cigarettes are less likely but they certainly they can. There is no data to suggest exact results but I would assume they will. Don't smoke anything while pregnant. ...Read more

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Are congenital defects the same as birth defects?

Are congenital defects the same as birth defects?

Yes: Here is a primer on the terms
congenital refers to being present at birth.
Anomalies, abnormalities, defects are often used interchangeably. Not all are genetic or familial.
Malformation and deformation mean different things. Malformation is an anomaly due to abnormal formation of a structure. Deformation is a change in a structure due to forces like pressure, eg, in cases of low amniotic fluid. ...Read more

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Can prescription medications cause birth defects?

Some can, some don't: A prescription acne med taken by mouth causes well described birth defects & women on the med are required to be on 2 forms of birth control. Many medications do not cause problems. If you are planning to get pregnant it is important to make sure any med or supplement you take is safe. ...Read more

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Why are some babies are born with birth defects?

Why are some babies are born with birth defects?

Many reasons.: Genetic, environmental, drug teratogenicity, accidental factors all can cause birth defects. 2-4% of all liveborns in the us have a major or minor anomaly at birth. Take Folic Acid 1-5 mg daily starting at least 3-12 months before conception to prevent >90% of open neural tube defects and >75% of cardiac defects! ...Read more

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How can birth defects be prevented for most women?

How can birth defects be prevented for most women?

Some avoidable: Balanced nutrition, exercise and proper rest is the beginning effort. Preventable defects include those caused by alcohol and drug use, so these must be avoided from the point you start trying through the end of any pregnancy. Sometimes a consultation with a medical geneticist can reveal issues from either side of the family that you can at least be aware of. Some defects are random and not avoidable ...Read more

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When to test if you re pregnant for birth defects?

Depends: There are non-invasive blood tests that most obs will offer early in pregnancy that screen for such issues as an open spine defect or down syndrome. They are not 100% accurate. A high resolution ultrasound done after 10-12 wks can define many structural defects, while amniocentesis @ >16wks can gather cells for specific tests of chromosome or metabolic issues. Discuss your concerns with your doc. ...Read more

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How do I help manage my child's heart birth defect?

How do I help manage my child's heart birth defect?

Educate yourself: Because there is a wide range of heart defects, the best thing you can do to manage your child's defect is to learn as much about it as possible. Your child's pediatric cardiologist can inform you about what to look for as signs that your baby may be having more trouble and may need to see the doctor. Learn about the baby's medications, and if surgery is needed learn about it before it happens. ...Read more

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Can surgery fix a birth defect affecting the ovaries?

Can surgery fix a birth defect affecting the ovaries?

Yes.: That would most commonly be a cyst called "teratoma" and these can be removed surgically. ...Read more

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What kind of birth defects does corticosteroid cause?

Possibly cleft lip.: Most steroids ingested by the mother never reach the fetus because they are metabolized by the placenta. Some limited evidence suggests that exposed pregnancies have an increased risk for cleft lip (not palate). ...Read more

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What is your opinion on mercaptopurine birth defects?

What is your opinion on mercaptopurine birth defects?

Increased 6-fold.: Large study showed a 6-fold increased risk of fetal anomalies in women exposed to 6-mp in the first trimester. Anomalies were even more frequent when this drug was used for inflammatory bowel disease (unclear if disease or drug effect). 2nd/3rd trimester exposure may cause low birth weight and poor immune function. Avoid it unless absolutely required! ...Read more

Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
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Congenital Abnormalities (Definition)

Abnormalites that are present at birth. Also known as birth defects. For example- cleft palate is a congenital abnormalities. Another example congenital heart disease is the presence of a ...Read more


Xanax (Definition)

Alprazolam is a short-acting benzodiazepine which is a kind of sleep-inducing drug ...Read more