So I am just now 4 weeks pregnant. Confirmed by home pregnancy test. I have to wait a week for the doctor to confirm it at 5 weeks. I have been taking Klonopin for years due to a really bad anxiety disorder, which basically left me stuck in my house for a few months at one point in time.
I have put in a call already to my prescribing doctor, but today when I went to my GP to get the confirmation test done (still to early for it to show she says) she grilled me about taking it.
I was on 4mg, but when I suspected I was pregnant and when I saw the first faint line at a little over 3 weeks I cut it back to 2mg. I haven't had any withdrawl from cutting it back, but in the past when Ive spoke to my prescribing doctor about it he's said that some people with anxiety will need to stay on it despite being pregnant.
Of course, Im worried about being anxious and now worried about taking it AT ALL because the doctor kept going on about it being a Class D drug and how she even feels unsure about Class C, but would be okay if I was on a Class A or B drug.
My doctor is supposed to call me back in an hour to talk to me about his recommendations, but I guess what Im looking for is maybe people who have been taking it or any advice? I'm not sure which way to go with this right now. I want whats best for my baby and I want this to be a H&H pregnancy and child, but I've read some people saying that they believe that going off the anxiety meds made them so stressed that they ended up miscarrying (I know there is no proof to why people miscarry) so of course that's worrying me too being that Im not at the least risk of m/c yet.
I guess any words of wisdom or advice would be great. Im trying to weigh all the opinions and thoughts and I have an hour to wait and talk to my doctor which feels like a lifetime.
I don't really have advice but I can relate. I'm prescribed klonopin but on an as needed basis for anxiety attacks. I'm about 5 weeks now and I have already stopped taking the medicine I was on for depression and so far so good, but I know sooner or later I'm gonna need something. So let me know what you find out, if you don't mind? xx
I don't know about how safe it is during pregnancy, but I do know that when my brother was on it for anxiety he definitely needed to be weaned off of it slowly. Stopping cold turkey can be dangerous for your body. I'd give your doc a call just to make sure...
I don't think you're supposed to quit cold turkey. I would try lowering your dose and only taking it when you really need it until you talk to your doctor. I would talk to both your OB and the doctor that prescribes you klonopin. Your OB may tell you to stop cold turkey, while the other one may tell you not to because it can do more damage if you went through withdrawal. How long have you been on it? Congratulations btw x
It can cause severe problems with the babys spine, expecially if taken during the first trimester. I would stop now and go without it until atleast 12 weeks. I had to stop taking it with my son and with this one.
EDIT I stopped cold turkey but was on a much much lower dosage than you. (.05mg) I had zero w/d symptoms. Talk to your doctor about a taper plan asap.
Thanks to all that responded. I really appreciated knowing others are going through similar situations and what you guys are doing.
I spoke with my prescribing doctor this evening and he said that due to the severity of my panic disorder it would actually be more harmful if I was to have panic attack early on as it could cause a spike in blood pressure and norepinephrine resulting in possible miscarriage.
I told him I cut my dose in half which he was fine with and he was going to send a revised prescription in and said to taper down if I can, but that if at any point I start to feel panic that I should go back to the dose that kept me on a good level.
I asked him about the risks that doctors speak about and he said that a lot of the studies they base their findings off of do not take into account that those control patients had other conditions (maybe they had gentic issues or medical conditions other than anxiety that played a role in the health of their child.
He said that it's really a decision I can make based on how I felt, but that in his opinion I would be at greater risk going off of it due to not only the withdrawn symptoms, but also the actuall anxiety. He also said he's dealt with other patients who were on much worse drugs for much longer before they found out and still had healthy babies and that I'm doing all the right things by getting in contact immediately and taking my prenatal as soon as I thought I might be expecting.
I hope that helps any of you who were wondering the same thing. Still contact your prescribing doctor as everyones cases are different. If I taper down Im supposed to do it very slowly like 2 weeks for each .5mg and he also said as my progesterone increases I may not feel too anxious at all, so I may be able to taper all the way off eventually. For now, my plan is to stay where I'm at until I get in for some initial checks as I do think being overly freaked and stressed out might be worse in my situation rather than being slightly more calm.
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