Benzodiazepine Use In Early Pregnancy Can Result In Miscarriage

Benzodiazepines have an increased chance of miscarriage if taken during the first trimester.

Benzodiazepines are a type of psychoactive drug given to patients to help a variety of issues including anxiety and insomnia. Benzodiazepines are one of the most widely prescribed drugs in the United States. They include Klonopin, Xanax, Ativan, and Valium. It is especially popular among older patients but is being prescribed to young adults as well. Benzodiazepines have qualities that can help to reduce anxiety and seizures, relax the muscles, and induce sleep. The use of the drug is very controversial. Patients should only take this drug for a short period of time and should never be used as a long term option. The drug can cause their patients to create tolerance and even a dependence on the drug. Also, if patients mix the drug with alcohol or other medications it can become fatal. The most at risk patients are women who are pregnant or who plan to become pregnant.

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Patients who are taking Benzodiazepine during pregnancy have an increased chance of having a child with a cleft lip and pallet in the first trimester. Although being diagnosed with a cleft lip and pallet is very low, it important to note that the risk is there. The most concerning warning is the fact that women who are taking Benzodiazepines during their first trimester have an increased chance of suffering from a miscarriage. The chance of miscarriage is increased by 11%. This may not seem a lot, but it is an 11% higher chance that your child will not make it.


Taking any medication during pregnancy is risky. However, we are not telling you to stop taking your medication. You need to speak with your doctor. It is important for you to weigh the risks and the benefits of taking your medication. Women should not be getting off their mental health medications without speaking with their medical professional first. A woman who suffers from severe bipolar disorder probably is much better off taking their medication than going without it during their pregnancy.

If you are on Benxodiazepines then it is important to speak with your doctor about the risks and the benefits of staying on the medication you were prescribed.

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