Friend is on it and I'm worried, she's 13 weeks pg and on a high dosage of 2.0 mg 3x daily which is really high. I'm scared for her baby
very surpriesed to hear that she is on that and is not tapering down on it. But it is classified as a D substance in pregnancy and it may or may not cause birth defects and really is up to the doctor to keep her on it and if the benefits outweigh the risks of not being on it. Does your friend have a siezjure disorder. Most doctors will not put a pregnant woman on a benzo and the baby will be born addicted to the drug and will have to be detox with probably phenobarbital or lorazepam. Your friend in my opioniion is putting the fetus at risk and really needs to get a second opinion but I have seen women on benzos and their babies are fine but it is a categorized as a class D and I would not want my wife or girlfriend on it. Let me know
Also, the longer you take benzos and the higher the dose you take, it can cause anxiety and depression and you still will require a higher dose. If she has seizures, or even thinks she may have had one, she needs a doctor to help her taper and quit this medication. Doctors used to tell patients that Klonopin wasn't addicting, The singer Stevie Nicks said that the Klonopin withdrawals were the worst she ever had and I think people should think about that and taper safely.
hi a p,klonopin should be taken 2 x a day and your friend should talk with pedestrian and should consider reducing her dose so that her baby has a better chance of detoxing from a smaller amount.it also needs to be considered that any kind of withdraw by the mother can injure the baby instead of protecting him/her
I copied the following information regarding Konopin and pregnancy. I hope this is helpful. Best wishes,
Clonazepam has been assigned to pregnancy category D by the FDA. An increased risk of congenital malformations in humans has been associated with use of all known anticonvulsant agents in the treatment of women with epilepsy. However, epilepsy itself may be associated with an increased risk of congenital malformations. Additionally, use of other benzodiazepines is associated with an increased risk in congenital malformations. Only very limited experience with the use of clonazepam during pregnancy has been reported. Some reports have suggested that clonazepam may possess less teratogenic potential than other anticonvulsants and benzodiazepines, however, there are no controlled data in human pregnancy.
One report has indicated that clonazepam may cause neonatal apnea. Clonazepam should only be given during pregnancy when there are no alternatives and benefit outweighs risk.
To provide information regarding the effects of in utero exposure to clonazepam, physicians are advised to recommend that pregnant patients taking clonazepam enroll in the North American Antiepileptic Drug (NAAED) Pregnancy Registry. This can be done by calling the toll free number 1-888-233-2334, and must be done by patients themselves. Information on the registry can also be found at the website http://www.aedpregnancyregistry.org/.
I was on 1mg of klonopin 3x daily for both of my children and both came out perfectly... Sometimes it is NOT better for the fetus to go through panic/anxiety attacks. Please let us all not forget that stress is way worse for baby than most other things. Baby feels and goes through what mother goes though. All these possibilities are... Simply... Possible side effects. They could... Or may not happen. Deffinately no breastfeeding while on Klonopin... But I went from (after I had kids) 1mg klonopin 4x daily... Down to 3x daily... Down to 2x daily... And then steady on the 2x daily for a while year... And then BAM... Decided I only wanted 20 a MONTH... AND I HAVE BEEN JUST FINE. AS LONG AS U HAVE A MINIMAL AMOUNT IN YOUR SYSTEM. YOU WILL BE FINE. THERE ARE OTHER WAYS OF RELEIVING STRESS AND ANXIETY.
That's a lot but the baby will be fine. On that amount though he or she (if anything) might be very sleepy at birth and may not eat well. So if the baby does not eat nor wake for feeding take to the ER. I took for my epilepsy plus mysoline and personally the ov gym scared the hell outa me but my first two were fine. I was only on 0.5 then but each time my dosage went up. I was on 2mg with Michael and he was born very sleepy and I had to keep him a day extra at the hospital cause of the feeding issues but he's now got a job and still living at home as for the rest of my klonopin baby's ones in college one is having my 2nd grandchild and one has a job as a caregiver living with her one day husband and the 2nd to the last is also still at home has his first job graduated last June and my last born son,"the baby" was born with Down syndrome and he's the apple of my eye! I'm his caregiver although he likes to show me he can do it ALLLLL.
I'm one proud Mom of allll my baby's and I'm still on my klonopin as well I stopped taking the other stuff for my seizures and went in hospital to stop the klonopin and had seizures plus bp soared so was put back on. Your friend is lucky to have a friend like you
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