Taking Nembutal While Pregnant: What You Need to Know
Is Nembutal safe to take while pregnant?
During pregnancy, everything a woman ingests can affect the fetus developing in her womb. This is true for foods and beverages and even medications. For this reason, it is recommended that women remain as drug-free as possible during their pregnancy. This includes abstaining from illegal substances, over-the-counter drugs, and prescription medications. However, some women may need to stay on certain medications during their pregnancy because they help them function in their daily lives.
Nembutal is a prescription medication used to treat insomnia and seizures. This medication belongs to the class of drugs known as barbiturates. Common side effects associated with Nembutal use include memory problems, excitement, irritability, aggression, confusion, poor coordination, nightmares, nausea, vomiting, constipation, headache, drowsiness, agitation, nervousness, insomnia, anxiety, dizziness, low blood pressure, and skin rashes. Be sure to notify your doctor immediately if you experience any serious side effects of Nembutal including hallucinations, weak or shallow breathing, slowed heart rate, weak pulse, and feeling like you may pass out.
If you are pregnant or are considering becoming pregnant and want to use Nembutal, schedule a meeting with your doctor to discuss this medication’s safety. Generally, it is recommended that pregnant women avoid using Nembutal as much as possible. This is because there have been adverse reactions associated with Nembutal use during pregnancy.
If you are a Nembutal patient and you become pregnant, notify your doctor of the pregnancy as soon as possible. In addition, you should never adjust your Nembutal dose or treatment schedule without first talking with your doctor, even if you no longer want to use the medication while you are pregnant. If you abruptly stop using Nembutal, you are putting yourself at great risk of experiencing Nembutal withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms can include increased blood rate, high blood pressure, sweating, anxiety, confusion, nausea, and vomiting. These Nembutal withdrawal symptoms can negatively affect yours and the fetus’ health. For this reason, it is recommended Nembutal patients taper off the medication under the supervision of their doctor. Tapering off Nembutal will help you avoid severe withdrawal symptoms.
The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) classifies Nembutal under the pregnancy risk category D. This category is reserved for drugs that have shown positive evidence of human fetal risks based on studies in humans. However, Nembutal may be recommended for some pregnant women to use if the benefits of the medication outweigh the risks to the fetus. Your doctor will be able to determine whether using Nembutal during pregnancy is right for your situation.
Some studies have shown using Nembutal during pregnancy can put your newborn at risk for Nembutal addiction or withdrawal symptoms.
In addition, using Nembutal may make your birth control less effective. Schedule a meeting with your doctor to discuss other birth control options to use while you are using Nembutal.
Although there is limited research on the effects of using specifically using Nembutal while pregnant, other research has indicated risks of birth defects in the fetus if barbiturates are used during this time. If a woman uses barbiturates for a prolonged period of time during pregnancy, newborn infants may suffer from bleeding problems or dependence on barbiturates. This dependence may then lead to withdrawal symptoms in the newborn. Neonatal withdrawal symptoms may include high pitched crying, convulsions, tremors, irritability, trouble sleeping, respiratory issues, poor appetite, regurgitation, vomiting, and diarrhea.
Other studies have indicated a risk for brain tumors and breathing problems in newborns if barbiturates are used during pregnancy. Using barbiturates close to labor may also produce labor complications at the time of delivery.
Because of these risks, you should avoid using barbiturates while pregnant or set up a meeting with your doctor to assess whether the benefits of the medications outweigh the risks.
If you are currently addicted to barbiturates and become pregnant, seek a detox and rehab program as soon as possible. This is important because the health of the fetus depends on it. In addition, you will want to be a good role model for your child as they grow up. This will prove to be difficult if you are struggling with an untreated barbiturate addiction. You may also want to seek ongoing therapy after your initial rehab treatment. This type of therapy will help you remain sober, as the risk for relapse is always possible with substance use disorders.
If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, seek professional help as soon as possible. The Recovery Village is here to provide you with everything from general information about the recovery process to treatment programs to get your recovery started. You can even begin today by searching for treatment options in your local area here. To learn more about The Recovery Village, visit online at www.TheRecoveryVillage.com or call our 24-hour, toll-free hotline at 855-548-9825.
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