Extremely concerned about a medication I took during pregnancy

posted 2 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 46
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom

I didn’t know I was pregnant until I was 5 weeks along. While Darling Husband and I were TTC, we were NTNP that month because I was starting a new job…I was under so much stress I completely fell out of tune with my body and didn’t notice my missing period right away. I had a few drinks, a few cigarettes and a few muscle relaxers in that timeframe. I am 38 weeks pregnant now and as far as they can tell the baby is fine. 

Also, I noted you are in Canada (me too!). I happen to be a Southern Ontario Bee, and whenever I have a question I need answered that I feel can’t wait I call TeleHealth Ontario: 1-866-797-0000. It’s a 24 hour line where you can chat with a public health nurse. They give you the option of giving your healthcard number, but you are allowed to decline (I always do). BELIEVE ME they have heard it all…I think I’ve called them four times this pregnancy!

Post # 47
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

MrsSnowMountain :  call mother risk.  They are the ones your doc would call anyway.  They are based out of sick kids in Toronto

Post # 48
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Blushing bee

MrsSnowMountain :  a one time exposure of a controlled drug is unlikely to harm a fetus. Especially that early on.  You don’t share a blood supply for another few weeks so it’s highly unlikely to cause any issue. Think of all the women who take copious amounts of cocaine and heroine and uncontrolled drug substances and don’t have any complications (other than baby withdrawal syndromes) 

the walk in doctor is going to tell you the same – and there’s really no antidote at this point anyway or “undo” button. So honestly, it’s not worth going. You’ll just need to see someone to prescribe you a safer mood stabilizer if you need one through pregnancy.

Post # 49
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

MrsSnowMountain :

This is my experience and is not intended to be considered medical advice: 

I take Xanax for anxiety and panic attacks.  I take about .5mg a day before I go to bed to keep my anxiety and p disorder at bay. I spoke with my primary care physician prior to getting pregnant and my OBGYN after getting pregnant.  My primary care physician said the studies are minimal and that the concern is very small; however, they still advise taking nothing but Tylenol during pregnancy (except for vitamins, etc..).  My OBGYN told me to limit what I take as much as I can and that the stress on the baby from not taking it and having bad anxiety and/or panic attacks would be worse than the effects of taking the medication (at the dose I take).  From my research, the early risk is having the baby develop a cleft palate; this part of the baby develops between 6 and 12 weeks.  The other risks are at higher dosage and closer to the birth of the baby which could include “floppy baby” syndrome and respiratory issues.  When I found out I was pregnant, I reduced my intake to  .25mg every 2nd or 3rd day.  I ended up losing our baby as a missed miscarriage due to a chromosomal issue (not as a result of taking benzodiazepines).  Just keep taking care of yourself and your baby…limit your stress through whichever method (exercise, meditation etc…) works best for you.  Best wishes to you and your growing family!

 

Post # 52
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

MrsSnowMountain :  Did not read your update till now.  Good to hear you’re not stressing anymore!

Post # 54
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

MrsSnowMountain :  Glad you are more reassured now.  I agree with most others that a one-off instance is probably not going to do any harm to your baby.  It’s usually continued use that does more harm.  I didn’t find out I was pregnant with my first until I was 8 weeks.  I drank as normal in the meantime (meaning couple times a week, few drinks) and even went to a bachelorette party in Vegas at 5 weeks where I got pretty hammered a few times.  I was also concerned when I found out I was farther along but my OB wasn’t even concerned in the slightest. 

Post # 55
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

MrsSnowMountain :  That’s just what my primary doctor told me in a brief e-mail when I was asking about Xanax prior to pregnancy; he was just being direct to get the point across that they limit what they are technically suposed to tell you is 100% safe.  My OBGYN had me take Unisom too (to help with sleep and anxiety), the Nurse Practitioner prescribed a high dose Vitamin B (for nausea).  You’re good 🙂  

Post # 56
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

MrsSnowMountain :  It’s my understanding almost everything has a risk during pregnancy, since it’s so difficult to actually study.  I think in an ideal world you wouldn’t take anything.  But often, the benefits outweigh the risks.  I think you can even find things suggesting you shouldn’t take tylenol.

Post # 58
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Busy bee

MrsSnowMountain :  i know this link is in swedish so not very useful to you. But i wanted to include it so you know the source for my info to you. I have below roughly translated the first part of the summary to english.

http://www.janusinfo.se/Beslutsstod/Lakemedel-och-fosterpaverkan/?docid=815

Treatment with bensodiazepines including bromazepam during pregnancy should, if possible, be avoided. There does however not seem to be any risk of birth defects, except possibly with very high doses. Use of bensodiazepines in late pregnancy can amongst other things give the child withdrawal symptoms.

 

Post # 60
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Bee Keeper

What you really need is to speak with a genetic counselor who is educated in the effects of medication during pregnancy.  Your GYNO can refer you to the right person.

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