Pregnant and Still on Xanax: Is it Safe?
Question posted by phebbs1 on 16 Aug 2009. Last updated on 12 May 2020 by chafas619.
Phebbs1 has been taking Xanax for 10 years to manage panic attacks, social anxiety, and phobias. She is now pregnant and concerned about the safety of continuing to take the medication. She took a reduced dose during her previous pregnancy and her child was born healthy. However, her older child has epilepsy, ADHD, and learning disabilities, and she did not take any medication during that pregnancy. She is currently taking 1-2mg of Xanax per day as needed and is seeking advice on the risks and benefits of continuing to take the medication.
Several other individuals have shared their experiences and advice in response to Phebbs1’s question:
- Kristin909 asks about Phebbs1’s previous dosage and shares that her doctor advised against taking Xanax during pregnancy due to potential risks to the baby.
- Pandalindsay recommends speaking with the experts at mother to baby .org for more information.
- SoAnxious2 seeks advice from Phebbs1 about her own pregnancy while taking Xanax for anxiety.
- YesNoMaybe shares her experience of switching to a different medication during pregnancy with the help of a specialist.
- Amcclurg asks for input on taking a 2mg dose of Xanax while pregnant.
- Dawn911 shares her doctor’s advice that Xanax should not be taken during pregnancy.
- Robert_325 shares important information about Xanax, including its potential to cause birth defects and the dangers of purchasing it online.
Overall, the consensus among responders is that Xanax should be avoided during pregnancy if possible due to potential risks to the baby. However, some individuals have shared their own experiences of taking reduced doses or switching to a different medication with the help of a specialist. It is recommended that anyone considering taking Xanax during pregnancy speak with their doctor and a specialist to weigh the risks and benefits.