Friend is on it and I'm worried, she's 13 weeks pg and on a high dosage of 2.0 mg 3x daily which is really high. I'm scared for her baby
8 Nov 2010
very surpriesed to hear that she is on that and is not tapering down on it. But it is classified as a D substance in pregnancy and it may or may not cause birth defects and really is up to the doctor to keep her on it and if the benefits outweigh the risks of not being on it. Does your friend have a siezjure disorder. Most doctors will not put a pregnant woman on a benzo and the baby will be born addicted to the drug and will have to be detox with probably phenobarbital or lorazepam. Your friend in my opioniion is putting the fetus at risk and really needs to get a second opinion but I have seen women on benzos and their babies are fine but it is a categorized as a class D and I would not want my wife or girlfriend on it. Let me know
8 Nov 2010
Also, the longer you take benzos and the higher the dose you take, it can cause anxiety and depression and you still will require a higher dose. If she has seizures, or even thinks she may have had one, she needs a doctor to help her taper and quit this medication. Doctors used to tell patients that Klonopin wasn't addicting, The singer Stevie Nicks said that the Klonopin withdrawals were the worst she ever had and I think people should think about that and taper safely.
8 Nov 2010
hi a p,klonopin should be taken 2 x a day and your friend should talk with pedestrian and should consider reducing her dose so that her baby has a better chance of detoxing from a smaller amount.it also needs to be considered that any kind of withdraw by the mother can injure the baby instead of protecting him/her
8 Nov 2010
I copied the following information regarding Konopin and pregnancy. I hope this is helpful. Best wishes,
Clonazepam has been assigned to pregnancy category D by the FDA. An increased risk of congenital malformations in humans has been associated with use of all known anticonvulsant agents in the treatment of women with epilepsy. However, epilepsy itself may be associated with an increased risk of congenital malformations. Additionally, use of other benzodiazepines is associated with an increased risk in congenital malformations. Only very limited experience with the use of clonazepam during pregnancy has been reported. Some reports have suggested that clonazepam may possess less teratogenic potential than other anticonvulsants and benzodiazepines, however, there are no controlled data in human pregnancy. One report has indicated that clonazepam may cause neonatal apnea. Clonazepam should only be given during pregnancy when there are no alternatives and benefit outweighs risk.
To provide information regarding the effects of in utero exposure to clonazepam, physicians are advised to recommend that pregnant patients taking clonazepam enroll in the North American Antiepileptic Drug (NAAED) Pregnancy Registry. This can be done by calling the toll free number 1-888-233-2334, and must be done by patients themselves. Information on the registry can also be found at the website http://www.aedpregnancyregistry.org/.
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