I have been on xanax for about 10 years now, its the only thing that helps for my panic attacks, social anxiety, phobias, im just afraid of facing the outside world with out it..Just simply bringing my daughter to school is hard for me. The xanax helps to get through these routine things in life. My problem is i am prescibed 4 mg. a day , but im now pregnant. I tried 2 stop for my 2 year old but just could not, i took as little as i felt i needed but still took it the whole time. My daughter was born healthy, and is smart as a whip. i have a 7 year old that i took nothing for at all and she has epilepsy, adhd, learning diabilitys, etc. So im pretty much wondering if whats meant 2 be is meant 2 be, or am i playing with fire, because im pregnant again, im now 17 weeks, and still on about 1mg, to 2 mg a day as needed, i wanna know if anyone knows the real dangers, i feel horrible taking it, but i cant see making it a day without, being my need for the meds. any feedback will be helpful. thanks!
Phebbs ... I would never try to judge you for your lifestyle. No one has made more mistakes than me about xanax. Here is some info that you should read.
Important information about Xanax
Do not use this medication if you are allergic to Xanax or to other benzodiazepines, such as chlordiazepoxide (Librium), clorazepate (Tranxene), diazepam (Valium), lorazepam (Ativan), or oxazepam (Serax). This medication can cause birth defects in an unborn baby. Do not use Xanax if you are pregnant.
Before taking Xanax, tell your doctor if you have any breathing problems, glaucoma, kidney or liver disease, or a history of depression, suicidal thoughts, or addiction to drugs or alcohol.
Do not drink alcohol while taking Xanax. This medication can increase the effects of alcohol. Xanax may be habit-forming and should be used only by the person it was prescribed for. Xanax should never be shared with another person, especially someone who has a history of drug abuse or addiction. Keep the medication in a secure place where others cannot get to it.
It is dangerous to try and purchase Xanax on the Internet or from vendors outside of the United States. Medications distributed from Internet sales may contain dangerous ingredients, or may not be distributed by a licensed pharmacy. Samples of Xanax purchased on the Internet have been found to contain haloperidol (Haldol), a potent antipsychotic drug with dangerous side effects. For more information, contact the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or visit www.fda.gov/buyonlineguide
mistakes than me. Xanax and pregnancy don't mix.
As drugs.com says ... xanax and pregnancy don't mix. What choice you make regarding your pregnancy is your choice. My wife wouldn't be taking xanax if she were pregnant. That is a fact. Sometimes we have to make sacrifices if we want to have a family and this is one of those times. I will include you and your baby in my prayers. Good luck and God bless. : )
I have been wondering about how xanax would affect a baby for a long time. I have been on xanax for about 10 years as well. Im down to only about 0.25mg per day. Im working on getting pregnant. The problem is its sooo diffiecult to stop the xanax. Even at a low dose. It was positive news to hear that ur baby was still healthy even w the xanax. Hopefully i will be able to rid myselff of it before i get pregnant.
I can relate to how you feel and wish I had better answers as well. I was diagnosed with panic disorder with agoraphobia in 1999. I have been on paxil, zoloft, Prozac and Xanax
. I am 18 weeks pregnant with my 2nd child( 1st one is 16years old) and my psychologist will not give me any more Xanax only prescribed me busbar which hasn't taken effect yet since I'm still getting panic attacks and benedry to take when I feel an attack coming on. That does not work AT ALL. These people who prescribe "benedry" because it has a "calming effect" has no idea how bad panic is. And I think it's really sad for those people who think it's not a serious problem. It's very debilitating. I just wanted to say I know what your going through, hang in there and good luck<3
I am 40 and in July I am having Ivf I am on for a year. Zoloft 100 effexor lowest Ambien 10 mg and lowest of Xanax. I am being end of April tappered slowly off everything but zoloft but lowered to 25 mill GOD willing this works I will stay on zoloft till trimester babies are forming. I have to be put on hormone replacement due to early menopause. I myself am worried about how I will feel. I'm trying to really focuse on staying stress free because I'm high risk. Any advice would be great!
I just wanted to add that I am also prescribed xanax. I'm now pregnant with my 3rd child@15 weeks. I also did not take it for my first born. He is very intelligent but does have some emotional problems. Every little thing really sets him off and at 6yrs old he whines A LOT. My second son is as calm as a cucumber. We joke around and call him island boy because he is so relaxed like he is on island time. Take thanks for what you will. I'm not trying to make my pregnancy an experiment BUT I will take a.25mg when I really need it. Cortisol and adrenaline can be toxic. I was prescribed .5 X 4 a day. I found out I was pregnant April 1st. I quit cold turkey. I took my first half this am. after getting pissy with my DH for not bringing home food after work. RIDICULOUS! I will be doing yoga 3 to 4 times a week, aroma therapy in the shower, exercising and eating healthy. Good luck to all of you. Lets deliver some healthy happy babies!
Please review the following and contact your doctor right away:
Alprazolam is also known as: Alprazolam Intensol, Niravam, Xanax, Xanax XR
Alprazolam Pregnancy Warnings
Alprazolam has been assigned to pregnancy category D by the FDA. An increased risk of congenital malformations in humans has been suggested with use of other benzodiazepines, although small studies have not implicated alprazolam. Withdrawal symptoms have been described in neonates whose mothers took alprazolam during pregnancy. There are no controlled data in human pregnancy. Alprazolam use is considered contraindicated during pregnancy.
Physicians are encouraged to register patients before fetal outcome is known (e.g., ultrasound, results of amniocentesis, etc) into the Antiepileptic Drug (AED) Pregnancy Registry at 1-888-233-2334 or 1-888-AED-AED4. This is an ongoing study at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. This study is designed to monitor the outcomes of pregnant women exposed to antiepileptic drugs in order to determine which therapies are associated with increased risk.
Yes, I have some additional input! Good news for you!!
My husband left me after we did a year of IVF & when I was 10 weeks pregnant. All my family lived in the Southern Hemisphere & I in the Northern H at the time. Needless to say I was a complete wreck. Suicidal, anxious, depressed, anxiety attacks at any moment, inability to eat, sleep, function - you name it I was a shell of myself.
I had been prescribed 0.5 mg of Alprazolam (Xanax) a year earlier to have as needed - obviously I could not take this AS NEEDED anymore. My psychologist refered me to a prenatal & pediatric clinical psychiatrist who was able to prescribe me 0.5mg of Lorazepam. She showed me & went through many papers, articles & studies of research stipulating Lorazepam is safe for fetus, breastfeeding, etc. I was able to take 0.5mg twice a day.
I could sleep & eat a little again, & towards the end of my 2nd trimester I was able to return to work & present multi million dollar concepts again.
Go seek the help of a true specialist in their field - there are always options & help out there! You don't need to feel anxious, desperate, guilty or without resources.
Good luck! Xo
And P.S. my 2.5 year old is sassy, intelligent, funny, already has a great sense of humour, creative, loves preschool, goes to swim class & ballet! She's doing just fine!! :)
Hi phebbs 1... I'm 35 years old and just found out that I'm about 6 weeks pregnant. I was reading on this site to get some kind of information on the same situation that you were asking questions about in 2009. I know that was a long time ago but I would appreciate it so much if you could give me some kind of insight and what happened during your pregnancy. I've been on Xanax for 15 years for Very BAD Anxiety and panic attacks. I only take 1 mg if that a day. I just wanted to know from your perspective on what you had to do or what you did do during your pregnancy because I am extremely worried not only is my anxiety getting even worse as I'm pregnant but I'm very scared because about a year ago I had a miscarriage and I don't want that to happen again because my husband and I do want one more child. If you could get back to me and let me know how things went with your pregnancy I would greatly appreciate that and you would be a lifesaver thank you so much.
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