Hi iv suffered with a severe anxiety dissorder for 5 years now it causes me stomach cramps and agraphobia i get prescribed 5ml of diazapam to help me with the ilness i have been taking this amount now for many years and really need them,i think i may be pregnant as iv missed a period,and now hg am very very anxious about how these tablet will affect my baby its making me worry and very anxious which i also think wil harm my unborn baby please help someone thank you . X
If taken long term in pregnancy then yes, it can harm your unborn baby. You need to see an OB-GYN as soon as you can and let them know that you take diazepam. See infor from FDA:
Diazepam has been assigned to pregnancy category D by the FDA. It has been suggested that there is an increased risk of congenital malformations and other developmental abnormalities associated with the use of benzodiazepine drugs. There may be nonteratogenic risks associated with the use of benzodiazepines during pregnancy. There have been reports of neonatal flaccidity, respiratory and feeding difficulties, and hypothermia in children born to mothers who have been receiving benzodiazepines late in pregnancy. Children born to mothers receiving benzodiazepines on a regular basis late in pregnancy may be at risk of experiencing withdrawal symptoms during the postnatal period. Diazepam has been shown to be teratogenic in animal studies at approximately eight times the maximum recommended human dose. The manufacturer recommends that the use of diazepam in women of childbearing potential, and specifically during known pregnancy, should only be considered when the clinical situation warrants the risk to the fetus. If diazepam is used during pregnancy, or if the patient becomes pregnant while taking this drug, the patient should be apprised of the potential hazard to the fetus. Patients should also be advised that if they become pregnant during therapy or intend to become pregnant they should communicate with their physician about the desirability of discontinuing the drug. Special care should be taken when diazepam is used during labor and delivery, because high single doses may produce irregularities in the fetal heart rate and hypotonia, poor sucking, hypothermia, and moderate respiratory depression in the neonate. With newborn infants, the enzyme system involved in the breakdown of the drug is not yet fully developed (especially in premature infants).
- Diazepam Information for Consumers
- Diazepam Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Diazepam (detailed)
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