I have been on xanax since I was 16 yrs. old. I am now 39. I am 20 weeks into pregnancy and my O.B. Dr. says xanax is a class D drug. I took xanax with my first son during pregnancy which is now 13 yrs. old. I had a full term pregnancy and he was very healthy. I am having trouble tapering off of them. I have a very high tolerance to them after being on them for so long. I want my baby to be healthy....my first O.B. Dr. said the benefits out weighed the risks due to very high anxiety, stress, P.T.S.D. and Bi-polar conditions. He said the stress that it would put on the baby would be worse than just continuing use of the xanax. My new O.B. Dr. hasn't even discussed the risks of using xanax during pregnancy. I need to be informed and if the risks are bad how can I taper off of them til after the delivery? This concern has me at a high stress level on top of my other conditions. Please help....
Hi bodyknowedge., I am very interested in your post ,for several reasons,but first concerning it affecteing your baby! I want to know if I underrstaand this right,Did the Dr. basically say that the withdrawels from the zanax (being high anxiety,stress etc 0would be worse for the baby than if you just keep taking it? I just rememember me and my years of addiction to valiunm!!!It ws a really long time on high dses! My biggest concern is that the baby is born stung out on xanax!!!AS soon as he has none he can go into seszuires9for sure)! Check it out 77grace
Hi CTBeth, Thanks for the reply,I definatly agree !I am not a Dr. for sure and Ipray for the very best for her and her little Family! By the way ,alot of your posts I've rad have been very helpful and full od kindness !I really like that!
My mom had five large, healthy babies, all the while smoking (and drinking a small amount each day). I am nearly 63 years old. I don't believe for a minute that that fact outweighs all the studies that have been done that show babies of low birth weight are due to cigarette smoking. I would think you got lucky the first time, and decide what to do this time after hearing everyone out.
Talk to your doctor, do your own research on real medical websites, like Medscape. Then you and your doctor need to decide what to do.
As you know Xanax is a benzo, and is suggested for short term use for anxiety, it may matter what dose you are on, how often you take it, etc. I assume because you mentioned tolerance you might have been taking a higher dose or frequency than with your last pregnancy.
Once you get off of them, I would stay off and continue doing whatever you opt to do during your pregnancy instead of using them. But that is just my humble opinion.
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