I have anxiety attacks and has breathing problems, my doctor put me on Clonazepam for a year and a half now. It's so helpful for me, I take it when needed. Could this be harmful on the baby while pregnant and after birth? Please help me. I can not stop the medicin now, it's in my system!
Pregnancy - Hi am on clonazepam medicine and am trying to get pregnant. Is this medicine hamful on?
Question posted by Israa?laith on 31 May 2012
Last updated on 19 November 2015
I was searching, as I am in the same situation, and wondered if you ever conceived and how it went. As an FYI- clonzepam is now considered low risk. I went to a geneticist, OBGYN and PCP and the latest medical publications prove my statement. I hope all went well!
I have suffered severe panic attacks my whole life, I tried therapy,I even went as far as hypnosis, after weeks of not sleeping, not bathing,then a sucide attempt I admitted myself into a hospital. After two days on clonazepam, I don't know why I suffered for years,I had a life I no longer had panic.I got pregnant two years later,I desperately wanted a big family,I tried to stop my medicine, I went into a full on what felt like a nervous breakdown.
I took the medicine at night when my panic was at its worse,not twice a day as I had been.My Son was born,full term and beautiful, they came to me and said he had a slight and it was very small cleft in his palette, I was a mess.I met with specialists who said it was nothing to worry about.My son was above average in school,his palette grew together by age 1.He just graduated high school,hes 6'3 smart,good looking a Sports phenom and just a well adjusted kid.He is going to College and has tons of friends, no drugs.He was a great baby,full of energy and so perfect.I never had anymore kids because I was afraid and I regret that.Any pregnancy comes with risks,and not to mention raising a teenager.Myself and my child would have died without the clonazepam, I would have definitely taken my life, the panic took away my life for years. I was able to raise my child with love and a normal MOM, you can't be a good mom if you can't get off the couch.I was afraid I was gonna have a child who would at some point have problems and I had a Son who is more normal and beautiful than many who have parents who don't need any medication
Israa, I am not a doctor, but I know a few friends that were in your situation. EVERYTHING that u ingest also goes 2 the fetus, women addicted to methadone ( or opiates ) are told by any Doctor to follow their strict guidelines ( JAMA Protocol ) and maintain the pt. on whatever dose of Clonazepam they presently are taking, NO decrease Or increase, just maintain.
After delivery the choice is yours, but I think u will have more on your mind than kickin pins right now. The fetus DOES not always come out addicted, all depends on your history, length of time on them, dosage, frequency etc.
My son who is 3 now did not come out addicted, even though me and his mom are on a low dose of methadone, Me 60mg. and her 70mg., along with 2 white pins per day, this was our life for 3 years.We were both so scared we considered an abortion,I pushed her 4 it so hard I felt guilty.
Untill all our prayers were answered and she gave birth to a beautiful, healthy 7 lb. boy.
Have faith Israa, no matter what your decision is you are doing the best 4 ALL!!!
May the Higher Power help you thru this confusing and conflicting time.
PLEASE NO INCREASE OR DECREASE.
dear Israa, I am probably going to get clobbered for this, but with the kinds of intentions, I will risk it. Having a baby will not help anxiety, it will probably cause more. Please think about what I said. This is not to say you can't ever have one, please don't think that. If you really want a baby, try to work with a therapist, to improve the anxiety. They can teach you what to worry about and in what order. Talk therapy can help identify what is causing the anxiety and how to lessen or eliminate that trigger. I have gone to therapy and had the therapy work. I have or had, panic and anxiety disorder. The therapy did more long term for the problem than the benzos. Benzos do help, don't get me wrong, but with therapy, you increase your chances of getting off of them and staying calm and cool. Then think about having a baby. Patti
Yes you can stop. Just stop with the aid of your physician who by the way should really not have you on this stuff while you are pregnant. There are classifications for drugs regarding their potential to complicate pregnancy, I believe D is the one to avoid and I believe this med is indeed D.
I do not know why you say you "cannot stop stop ... " Ax I said in the opening, yes you can stop. Time to think of this new life you've decided to bring into the world, sure would make sense to do everything in your power to ensure this new person has a healthy life, starting right now. Hope this helps.
Clonazepam belongs to Preganacy Category D which means that it is known to cause harm to the developing fetus. To read the warnings go to:
I recommend you talk to your obstetrician before getting pregnant while on clonazepam.
DO NOT GET PREGNANT WHILE TAKING THIS MED!! Talk to your doctor , tell him/her that you wish to get pregnant and have them wean you off the drug! It is not safe to take ANYTHING while pregnant or breast feeding but if you have a baby while taking this drug he or she will be born addicted to it... good luck! :)
Here's a web site on it, it will explain it better then I can.
- Clonazepam uses and safety info
- Clonazepam information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side effects of Clonazepam (detailed)
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