I recently found out I was pregnant I have been taking Xanax and past 4 years and have not been able to schedule an appointment with my psychiatrist see what is safe to take for anxiety and panic disorder during pregnancy. Any recommendations?
Xanax (alprazolam) is a drug listed by the FDA as Category D, which means there are documented risks of taking the drug during pregnancy. Xanax is in the benzodiazepine drug class. All drugs in this class have been found to have the potential to cause harm to the fetus.
Generally, a safe treatment option for pregnant women treating panic disorder is cognitive behavioral therapy. If this is not adequate alone to treat your symptoms, you should consult with both your obstetrician and psychiatrist to determine the safest drug for your particular situation.
I would not recommend you stop taking xanax abruptly, as this may result in significant withdrawal symptoms. If you plan to stop taking xanax, you should consult with your physician and determine an appropriate taper schedule.
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