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Can you take Klonopin while pregnant?
Klonopin is a prescription medication given to patients to treat panic disorders, seizure disorders, and anxiety. It is classified as a benzodiazepine drug.
If you are a Klonopin patient and wondering if you can use Klonopin while you are pregnant, set a up a meeting with your doctor to discuss your options. In general, using Klonopin while you are pregnant should be avoided. However, this may be difficult for some women who need the medication to function in their daily lives.
If you are currently using Klonopin and become pregnant, do not adjust your treatment schedule before speaking with your doctor. Stopping your Klonopin treatment abruptly will put you at greater risk for experiencing Klonopin withdrawal.
Common physical Klonopin withdrawal symptoms include nausea, vomiting, increased body temperature, hallucinations, irritability, coordination problems, insomnia, seizures, tremors and increased pulse. People going through Klonopin withdrawal may also experience the following rebound effects such as intense sleeplessness, anxiety, seizures, and panic attacks.
These withdrawal symptoms can affect the health of a pregnant woman and, therefore, can also affect the growing fetus. If you are pregnant and no longer wish to continue your Klonopin treatment, talk to your doctor about tapering off the medication. The strategy of gradually lowering your Klonopin dosage over time will help you avoid experiencing severe withdrawal symptoms.
Effects of Klonopin on a fetus
Some effects of Klonopin on a fetus include what is known as “floppy baby syndrome.” This is characterized by decreased muscle tone, apparent sedation, and breathing problems. Some babies who are born to mothers who used Klonopin during pregnancy also showed signs of withdrawal, such as irritability, inability to sleep, and in some rare cases, seizures. For these reasons, you should avoid using Klonopin while you are pregnant.
Most of the negative effects associated with using Klonopin during pregnancy are rooted in taking the medication at high doses during the first trimester of pregnancy. If you become pregnant after treating your anxiety with Klonopin, schedule a meeting with your doctor to discuss how you can stop your treatment and monitor your baby’s growth and development in the following trimesters.
What are some alternatives for treating anxiety during pregnancy?
Women who are using Klonopin and are thinking about becoming pregnant should consider other prescription medications to use while they are pregnant. Some alternative medications include the antidepressant Prozac and the serotonin reuptake inhibitor Celexa. Both have been deemed safe to use while pregnant.
You may also want to seek cognitive behavioral therapy, support groups, exercise, and massage to help ease your anxiety during pregnancy.
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