will this switch affect my baby
If you go to (above, blue bar) Drugs A to Z, enter Xanax into the search engine you will find what I found. Which is this...
Xanax (or alprazolam, generic) is a category D, by the FDA for pregnant women, which means that there is a risk of congenital malformations in humans who used OTHER benzodiazapines during pregnancy, although small studies have NOT implicated Xanax (alprazolam) by itself. But small studies have also described babies (whose mothers took Xanax while pregnant) going thru withdrawal. (Benzo withdrawal can be serious as there can be a risk of seizures.)
Also, breastfed babies (whose mothers take Xanax while breastfeeding) may experience weight loss and lethargy. Just a heads up on that.
Talk to your doctor before doing anything on your own, don't stop Xanax abruptly as seizures are possible, which you probably know.
Wishing you and baby all the best,
I take .5mg Xanax 4 x daily. I went through 3 days of withdrawal due to an error on the part of my pharmacy, and I can tell you it was much worse than I could have imagined! You take twice that amount, so I imagine your withdrawal symptoms would be even more dramatic. I would suggest that you discuss this with your doctor. Perhaps during the next 3 1/2 months you could reduce your dosage (under your doctor's supervision of course) at least to a lower daily dose if not completely off the Xanax prior to the delivery of your baby. Then, depending on whether or not you plan to breast feed your baby, you could start back on the drug again (if you feel the need).
Good luck in whatever you decide!
- Xanax Information for Consumers
- Xanax Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Xanax (detailed)
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