Xanax and Pregnancy

Risk of Using Xanax During Pregnancy

Xanax (Alprazolam) is dangerous not only for a pregnant woman because of the likely side effects, but also for the unborn child. Xanax and pregnancy are incompatible! A expectant mother  working, for example, in a dangerous production or driving a car, should be especially careful, because Xanax causes drowsiness and lowers performance. In other words, it may be better to take a vacation for the period of taking Xanax (if it is really very necessary) in order to avoid possible accidents that can harm both the expectant mother and the people around her.

Xanax can also cause all of the following side effects:

  • weakness or fatigue;
  • nausea;
  • loss or weight gain;
  • irritability;
  • headache and dizziness;
  • problems with appetite;
  • constipation and difficulty urinating;
  • joint pain.

How Xanax Abuse Affects Pregnancy?

During this period, Xanax should be used only in exceptional cases. Scientists say that Alprazolam has a toxic effect on the fetus and increases the risk of birth defects if the drug is used in the first three months of pregnancy. Therapeutic doses in the second and third trimesters of pregnancy can lead to depression of the central nervous system of the newborn.

Constant use of this drug during pregnancy can lead to physical dependence and the development of withdrawal syndrome in newborns. Children are especially sensitive to the inhibitory effects of benzodiazepines in the central nervous system. Using Xanax directly before or during labor can lead to respiratory failure in a newborn, decreased muscle tone, lower blood pressure, a drop in body temperature, and a naughty child syndrome. Many experts agree that taking Xanax is only if the predicted positive result will be higher than the possible negative effects. During lactation, women taking Xanax are strongly advised to stop breastfeeding.

Consult a doctor before starting treatment.

Can I do Without Xanax During Pregnancy?

If you have taken this drug for a long time before pregnancy, it will not be easy to refuse it right away. In this case, you need to contact a specialist who will provide qualified medical assistance to get rid of dependence on Xanax. If, upon learning of pregnancy, you ask yourself: “can I use Xanax further?”, then the answer should be negative. At the very least, one should try to do everything to overcome dependence on the drug for the sake of having a healthy baby.