Paxipam While Pregnant: What You Need to Know
Is it okay to take Paxipam while pregnant?
During pregnancy, the fetus developing in the mother’s womb is very sensitive. Because the fetus is so sensitive, it is recommended that pregnant women monitor everything they put into their bodies and abstain from using drugs as much as possible. This includes avoiding using over-the-counter medications, prescription drugs, and illegal substances while pregnant. Although, some women who depend on medications to function normally in their daily lives may need to stay on certain medications during their pregnancies.
Paxipam is a prescription medication used to treat anxiety conditions. It is classified as an anxiolytic benzodiazepine medication. Some common side effects from using Paxipam include muscle weakness, dizziness, drowsiness, slurred speech, and poor coordination. These common side effects of Paxipam should subside with time. If they do not go away or get any worse, be sure to let your doctor know. This is not a complete list of Paxipam side effects. Consult with your doctor if you have any other questions about Paxipam side effects.
If you are pregnant or are considering becoming pregnant and have questions about Paxipam safety for use during pregnancy, schedule a meeting with your doctor to discuss this topic. Most doctors do not recommend Paxipam use during pregnancy because there have been adverse risks associated with its use and the health of the fetus. Paxipam should only be used during pregnancy when necessary. When you meet with your provider, they will be able to determine whether using Paxipam while pregnant is right for your situation.
If you are approved to use Paxipam while pregnant, only take the amount prescribed to you by your doctor. Increasing your Paxipam dose or taking Paxipam more often than you should will put your baby at increased risk of negative health effects. In general, you should only use medications as your doctor prescribes. Increasing your use may put you at risk for developing a dependence or addiction to certain medications.
Currently, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) categorizes Paxipam under the pregnancy risk category D. This category indicates Paxipam is not safe for the fetus, as an increased risk of congenital malformations in human subjects has been seen when pregnant women use Paxipam and other benzodiazepines. In addition, some newborns have exhibited signs of withdrawal symptoms if their mothers used Paxipam during pregnancy. For this reason, pregnant women should only use Paxipam if there are no other alternatives.
Generally, benzodiazepines of all types should be avoided during pregnancy. This is because this class of medications can have negative effects on the developing fetus. If benzodiazepine medications are used during the first trimester, there is an increased risk the babies will be born with cleft lip and palate. Some newborns may exhibit symptoms of benzodiazepine toxicity if their mother uses these medications during pregnancy. These symptoms may include sedation, decreased muscle tone, and breathing problems.
If you are currently using Paxipam and become pregnant, let your doctor know as soon as possible. It is also important to remember that you should never adjust your Paxipam dose or treatment schedule, even if you no longer want to use Paxipam during your pregnancy. This is important because abruptly stopping your Paxipam treatment will put you at great risk for Paxipam withdrawal symptoms. These withdrawal symptoms may include insomnia, agitation, tremors, sweating, and seizures. Along with these Paxipam withdrawal symptoms being uncomfortable, they can negatively affect yours and the fetus’ health. Because of this risk, ask your provider about tapering off your Paxipam dose. This strategy of gradually lowering the Paxipam dose over time will help you avoid withdrawal.
If you do not want to use medications during pregnancy, you should seek alternative ways to relieve your anxiety. This may include personal counseling, yoga, meditation, regular exercise, and more.
You may also want to talk to your doctor about whether or not you should use Paxipam if you intend to breastfeed. Many different substances can be passed into breast milk, which is why it is important that women continue to monitor what they put into their bodies after pregnancy. Your baby may show signs of benzodiazepine dependence if too much Paxipam is passed into the breast milk and ingested. Some doctors may recommend women stop breastfeeding if they use certain medications.
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