Depression & Mental Health

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THE SAFETY OF BENZODIAZEPINES DURING PREGNANCY OR BREASTFEEDING

 

THIS MEDICATION CAN CAUSE HARM TO YOUR BABY: Benzodiazepines can cause sleepiness and reduced consciousness in your baby when taken near your delivery date or while breastfeeding. Benzodiazepines may also increase the risk of birth defects when taken during pregnancy.

 

What are benzodiazepines?

Benzodiazepines are a group of medications that reduce anxiety and improve sleep problems. They are controlled drugs in the U.S., meaning the government regulates their use. Types of benzodiazepines that are available include: alprazolam (Xanax), chlordiazepoxide (Librium), diazepam (Valium), lorazepam (Ativan), flurazepam (Dalmane), clonazepam (Klonopin), oxazepam (Serax), triazolam (Halcion), and midazolam (Versed). These medications are only available by prescription from your doctor.


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