Taking Xanax During Pregnancy: What You Need to Know

Can you take Xanax while pregnant?

Xanax is a prescription medication given to patients to relieve their anxiety and panic disorders. It is classified as a benzodiazepine.

If you are pregnant or are considering becoming pregnant and wonder if you can use Xanax while pregnant, schedule a meeting with your doctor to discuss the issue. Typically, Xanax is not recommended to use during pregnancy.

The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has classified Xanax under category D when it comes to the safety of use during pregnancy. This category indicates research has shown there are risks to a human fetus if Xanax is used during pregnancy, but some women may benefit more from using Xanax during pregnancy despite potential risks. Your doctor will be able to determine whether you should use Xanax during your pregnancy or not.

If you are currently a Xanax patient and wish to become pregnant, discuss tapering off the medication before you conceive with your doctor. Gradually lowering your Xanax dose over time will help you successfully get off the medication while avoiding severe withdrawal symptoms.

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The effects of Xanax on a fetus differ depending on when the pregnant mother used the medication.

If Xanax is used during the first trimester of pregnancy, there is increased risk your baby will develop birth defects such as cleft lip and cleft palate. These defects can impact not only how your baby looks but how well they physically function as they grow older. If Xanax is used during the second and third trimesters, the baby could develop a dependence on the medication while in the womb. This dependence could then produce a withdrawal syndrome in your baby once they are born. Xanax withdrawal in babies may include symptoms such as trouble breathing, feeding problems, dehydration, excessive crying, trouble sleeping, unusual stiffness, twitching, diarrhea, vomiting, poor weight gain, skin problems, sweating, stuffy nose, and sneezing.

Using Xanax while pregnant during the third trimester may also put your baby at risk for floppy baby syndrome. This syndrome is characterized by weak muscles in which babies have difficulties controlling their head, arms, and legs.

There are many alternatives to Xanax for pregnant women to take advantage of. These include selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) such as escitalopram that has been shown to reduce anxiety and be safer for the fetus. Schedule a meeting with your doctor if you are interested in pursuing alternative medications to treat your anxiety while pregnant.

You may also want to seek cognitive behavioral therapy, yoga, or meditation to reduce symptoms of anxiety or panic disorder.

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