I am almost 14 weeks pregnant and my therapist precribed buspar for my anxiety.
Buspar is a pregnancy category B and hasnt been known to cause any problems in the unborn of mothers on this drug but studies are inadequate and studies done on animals doesnt always cross to the same in humans. Usually the best rule of thumb is that drugs should only be taken by a pregnant woman if the risk to the mothers health is greater than the risk of taking a drug is to the unborn babies health. I would only take something that was absolutely needed. If you can possible get by without the medication, then you should. You need to decide if it is worth the possible risk to your unborn child.
I was taking BuSpar, and then I met with a perinatal mental health expert at Columbia University's Women's Center. There is almost *no* research on BuSpar, which means that it's not often prescribed. So it looks safer (as it did to my non-pregnancy-expert psychiatrist) at first glance, but that's just because there are fewer women taking it. The expert I saw preferred Ativan, (but only if it's absolutely necessary) because there is much more research about it.
- BuSpar Information for Consumers
- BuSpar Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of BuSpar (detailed)
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