Is there risk for anything being wrong with her child mentally or physically? I'm very worried for her. She "claims" her doctor knows she's pregnant but she's so small you can't even tell... I think she's lying and not telling the doctor she's pregnant. Worried for the child's safety and health.
She lied about the Doctor.
"Risk of Fetal Harm
Benzodiazepines can potentially cause fetal harm when administered to pregnant women. If Xanax 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. Because of experience with other members of the benzodiazepine class, Xanax is assumed to be capable of causing an increased risk of congenital abnormalities when administered to a pregnant woman during the first trimester. Because use of these drugs is rarely a matter of urgency, their use during the first trimester should almost always be avoided. The possibility that a woman of childbearing potential may be pregnant at the time of institution of therapy should be considered. Patients should be advised that if they become pregnant during therapy or intend to become pregnant they should communicate with their physicians about the desirability of discontinuing the drug."
Quoted from here: https://www.drugs.com/pro/xanax.html
There is a thing called "risk vs benefit". All drugs can be risky during pregnancy. It is really best to take nothing but sometimes there are drugs people "have" to take, drugs that even though they are risky to the child, the mother must have to live or to function properly and this is when benefit outweighs the risk. Xanax is not usually one of those drugs. I'm not going to say anyone is lying but most physicians would encourage a woman to reduce then discontinue Xanax asap after becoming pregnant. Depending on how much Xanax she uses and for how long, it may be dangerous to stop "cold turkey" but most docs would have her reduce her dosage and get her off the drug, because, yes, she could be harming her baby and if she continues to take it up until delivery, her child will be born dependent on Xanax and will go through withdrawals and may even have seizures once it is born and no longer getting the drug through her blood stream. It sounds like your friend may have a "little problem" with the Xanax. Addiction can be defined by continuation of a drug even though you know the consequences of taking it are bad.
- Xanax Information for Consumers
- Xanax Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Xanax (detailed)
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