Taking Doral While Pregnant: What You Need to Know

Can You Take Doral While Pregnant?

When women become pregnant, everything they ingest can potentially affect the fetus in their womb. This includes substances such as over-the-counter drugs, prescription medications, and illegal drugs. Because women and their fetuses are so sensitive during this time, it is recommended for pregnant women to remain as drug-free as possible throughout pregnancy. However, this may be difficult for the women who need prescription medications to function in their daily lives.

Doral is a prescription medication given to patients to relieve insomnia. This medication is typically intended for short-term treatment. If you are taking Doral and are pregnant or considering becoming pregnant, set up a meeting with your doctor to discuss alternative treatment options. There have not been many human studies conducted to determine the effects of taking Doral while pregnant or quazepam’s effects on a fetus. For this reason, it is generally recommended pregnant women only take this medication when necessary. Your provider will be able to determine whether the benefits of taking quazepam while pregnant outweigh the potential risks of Doral effects on a fetus.

Taking Doral/Quazepam While Pregnant: What You Need to Know

The FDA classifies Doral under category C when it comes to the safety of use during pregnancy. This category means there have not been significant human studies conducted on the effects of taking Doral during pregnancy. Therefore, it cannot be determined whether Doral will negatively affect a fetus or newborn baby. While there is no data to support that taking quazepam while pregnant will negatively impact a fetus, the medication cannot be confidently ruled as completely safe.

For this reason, you should discuss your Doral treatment in detail with your doctor and your interest in becoming pregnant.

Doral is classified as a benzodiazepine. The FDA has reported the administration of benzodiazepines right before or during childbirth may result in hypothermia, hypotonia, respiratory depression, and difficulty feeding in a newborn baby. Some babies whose mothers have taken benzodiazepines towards the end of their pregnancy may develop a reliance on benzodiazepines. The babies may then go through benzodiazepine withdrawal after being born. Symptoms of benzodiazepine withdrawal in newborns include difficulty breathing, muscle weakness, irritability, crying, sleep disturbances, tremors, and jitteriness.

In addition, data suggests benzodiazepines can induce adverse, long-term developmental effects in animals following the exposure to benzodiazepines in the womb.

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