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Xanax Birth Defects
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
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
How bad is Xanax during pregnancy? Ive read that it can cause birth defects, but what are the odds of that really? I just found out im pregnant, even though I was using two form of birth control. I get really bad panic attacks without xanax. How much ri
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Yes.: That would most commonly be a cyst called "teratoma" and these can be removed surgically. ...Read more
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
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