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I just found out I was pregnant and have been taking 0.5 mg Xanax (alprazolam) and 10mg ambien once daily can it cause cleft palate?

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Dr. Joseph Mele
Surgery - Plastics
8 doctors agree

In brief: Genes and Folate (folic acid) 1st

Xanax (alprazolam) is category D and can cause skeletal abnormalities.
Ambient is category C so effects are unknown. In animals in high doses it causes fetal death rather than anatomic changes. Taking any meds during pregnancy needs to be discussed with your health care provider. Cleft palate is associated with genetics and folate deficiency. A plastic surgeon can correct a cleft lip early in life.

In brief: Genes and Folate (folic acid) 1st

Xanax (alprazolam) is category D and can cause skeletal abnormalities.
Ambient is category C so effects are unknown. In animals in high doses it causes fetal death rather than anatomic changes. Taking any meds during pregnancy needs to be discussed with your health care provider. Cleft palate is associated with genetics and folate deficiency. A plastic surgeon can correct a cleft lip early in life.
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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Dr. Zachary Veres
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Meds

No you should be fine. Congrats.

In brief: Meds

No you should be fine. Congrats.
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