Is it okay to take Centrax while pregnant?
Centrax is classified as a benzodiazepine drug. It’s used as a skeletal muscle relaxant, which works by increasing gamma-aminobutyric acid in the brain. Prazepam is also used in the short-term treatment of anxiety. Taking prazepam while pregnant requires special attention and precautions because of side effects and withdrawal symptoms from cessation of use.
Taking Centrax while pregnant is not recommended unless the benefit to the mother outweighs the risk to the baby.
Extended use of prazepam can cause physical dependence on the medication, so taking prazepam while pregnant may lead to a dependence for your unborn child. Although no formal studies have been done to gather data on the effects of prazepam on a fetus, there are chances of side effects to this medication. If the mother experiences side effects, chances are the fetus will too.
Some side effects of taking Centrax may include:
- Clouded thinking
- Mental slowness
If you experience any side effects while taking prazepam, talk to your doctor. You can decide together if this is the medication for you. You can also discuss the possible effects of taking prazepam while pregnant.
If you have any questions about taking prazepam while pregnant or the effects it may have on your fetus, talk to your doctor or contact The Recovery Village. Go online to www.TheRecoveryVillage.com or call 24/7 to our toll-free hotline at 855-548-9825 to learn more about the road to recovery. We can help answer your questions and help you overcome your addiction today.
Effects of Centrax on fetus
There is no data to show correlations between taking prazepam while pregnant and negative effects of prazepam on a fetus. It’s important to remember any medications ingested while pregnant is going to pass on to your unborn child, so it’s best to keep that to a minimum, for their safety.
Centrax is only to be used for short-term treatment because of the possibility of physical and psychological dependence. It would stand to reason that taking Centrax while pregnant carries with it a possibility of causing the fetus to become dependent on the drug as well.
If this happens, once the baby is born, they will have to be weaned off the prescription and will suffer from withdrawal symptoms. The risk and severity of the withdrawal symptoms increase the higher the dose and the longer Centrax is taken.
Studies showing birth defects or any other effects on your baby have not been formally conducted. You and your doctor will have to discuss the benefits versus the risks of taking prazepam while pregnant to decide if you should continue on the medication during your pregnancy.
If you or a loved one is struggling with Centrax or another substance use disorder or have questions about taking Centrax while pregnant, don’t delay. Go online to www.TheRecoveryVillage.com or call 24/7 to our toll-free hotline at 855-548-9825 to learn more about the road to recovery. We can help answer your questions and help you overcome your addiction today.
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