... previous miscarriage. I never do that w any of meds, but this is a serious drug. I usually wean off within 7-10 days. I'm doing this in 5. or just stop it. On one site it says class D med and another class c and I read both of them. My doctor is on vacation and the nurses know I might be pregnant and said nothing!!! I will be 1 week exactly tomorrow pregnant I hope. Cant find out for sure till Thurs or Fri of a result of a blood test.
Carbamazepine and Pregnancy Category D
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) uses a pregnancy category system to classify the possible risks to a fetus when a specific medicine is taken during pregnancy. Pregnancy Category D is a classification given to medicines that have been shown to present a risk to the fetus in studies of pregnant women, but may still offer benefits that outweigh the risks the drug presents. A pregnancy Category D medicine may still be given to a pregnant woman if the healthcare provider believes that the benefits to the woman outweigh the possible risks to the unborn child.
Studies involving women suggest that carbamazepine use during pregnancy increases the risk of birth defects, including head or facial deformities, spina bifida, and heart defects. Animal studies also show these risks. There have also been reports of seizures, breathing problems, vomiting, and diarrhea in newborns whose mothers were taking carbamazepine during pregnancy. It is important to understand that most of the women in these studies were taking carbamazepine for epilepsy, not for other conditions.
While carbamazepine may be necessary for some pregnant women with epilepsy, it is usually not essential for pregnant women with bipolar disorder, trigeminal neuralgia, or other conditions. Other medications are available that may be less dangerous for the fetus.
If you and your healthcare provider decide that it is best for you to continue taking carbamazepine, you may need frequent blood tests to measure your carbamazepine levels. Pregnancy can affect the way your body handles carbamazepine, and it is important to keep your dose at the lowest effective level (to help protect your fetus). Also, it is best if you can take just one seizure medication (rather than multiple seizure medications). Your healthcare provider may suggest a higher-than-usual dose of folic acid, as this may also help protect the fetus.
In all casa it is not recommend you to go cold turkey, the advice given isto lower your dose gradually... in your case , I truly do not have the answer... I wish I did.
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