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.

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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?

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...

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...

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...

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...
Why cant. You discuss with your doctor(s) about completing a taper off of the medications. This will prevent withdrawal issues and you can complete a taper rather quickly too, and be off the medication. Read more...

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

Yes, they do. Benzodiazepines are in category d for pregnancy and can cause low birth weight, cleft lips or cleft palate. It has been known to cause miscarriages as well and other structural defects. Read more...
PREGNANCY RISK. Category: Clonazepam (klonopin)-c; lorazepam-d. Category-c: studies in animals have revealed adverse effects on fetus (teratogenic or embryocidal), no controlled study in women. Should be given only if potential benefit justifies the risk. Category-d: there is positive evidence of human fetal risk. Can be given if needed in life threatening situation when safer drug is not available or ineffective. Read more...
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...