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Diazepam in pregnancy to treat insomnia. AIBU to be scared of taking it?
I'm 17 wks pregnant and am having terrible trouble sleeping - I sleep for 2 or 3 hours then I am wide awake for about 4 hours before I can start to fall asleep again briefly until it is time to wake up. I've tried everything that is normally suggested and nothing. I'm getting quite sick of the taste of chamomille tea now!!
I mentioned this to my ante-natal doctor yesterday and he prescribed 2mg Diazepam, one to be taken when required at bedtime. Now bear in mind this was through a language barrier so whilst I did double check with him that this dose was safe, we were not able to have an in depth discussion about risks and side effects. Sooooo I just googled diazepam in pregnancy and I don't like what I've found: risk of growth retardation, risk of cleft palate, and other effects.
Are there any medically knowledgeable people out there who would kindly give me their thoughts on taking this drug in the 2nd trimester? Or anyone who has been in a similar position and knows something about the drug or other ways of getting around the insomnia? I've asked at a chemist about taking herbal sleep remedies but they said there was nothing available that was safe in pregnancy without prescription.
It's safe to take during pregnancy if only used occasionally. I used zopiclone intermittently during pregnancy for long-standing insomnia. A benzodiazepines run the risk of being habit-forming if used every night.
Alternatively, you can take sedating antihistamines during pregnancy (e.g. Piriton). They have a good safety record.
Is there anything worrying you? Is your mood OK?
Have you tried the old favourites: Bath, milky drink, reading until you can't keep your eyes open, lavendar oil on your pillow?
Thank you very much emma1977. So, taking it for a long period is when the potential risks become more likely? sorry if stating the obvious ! Say I took it once to try and break the habit, maybe that would work?
Well, yes, there are things worrying me but nothing really horrible like some people have to cope with.
Yes to all the old favourites. If I try them at bedtime they work a treat but I still wake up as usual. If I try them when I wake up again in the night it seems to take aaaaaages before I get sleepy. But I really want to sleep!
ooh, got to disagree with the cat's taste there. Peep Show much funnier.
riven, would you recommend the antihistamines?
Just mentioned the diazepam to DH over the phone and he is totally against them. The word alone scares him because of how addictive it is. He used to be a police officer and lost count of the number of 'clients' he dealt with who used diazepam combined with other drugs. We'll have to talk about it properly when he gets home.
When I was pg I was put on antihistamines (cyclizine) for hypermemsis. They made me very drowsy! Safe in pregnancy and not addictive for you.
One of the doctors at work was talking about temazapan and diazapan in pregnancy the other week and was saying if taken up to delivery a baby would get withdrawal symptoms with both - one for longer than the other but can't rememeber which way round. So sounds like something yu don't want to be taking to the end of your pregnancy.
maaaaan, that's bad, expat. My sympathies. This is a recent thing which I'm hoping won't hang about forever
It's ok, Emma1977. That job makes people over-protective, that's all. He will listen to me reasoned arguements for and against
Many thanks SKSS . I really really really hope I won't be needing them later in the pregnancy. This thread has definitely helped me work out that if I do take the diazepam it would be just for a short time now to break a cycle, then try antihistamines if I need them later on.
That's what the obstetrician said exactly and disagreed with my GP saying very low dose in an emergency was OK. It is OK, but yeah now I can see why he was so adamant as you'd never know and he has seen alot of babies and mothers. Hope your parrot cheers you up and stops you worrying. Wellies, perhaps if you lost the wellies you could sleep betterin just the PJ's?!! Not funny, I know. Good luck, I know it's awful.
Wellies, I don't want to make you feel awful but later down the line it sometimes gets even harder to sleep coz of huge lump. Make some plans now for getting comfy..lots of cushions, lavender oil all the usual soft options. Hope you sleep well tonight, bless you.
sorry to hear of your experiences riven, must be a horrible feeling to carry around with you. Hope you get an answer re the notes.
I won't even take paracetamol or similar for headaches or whatever unless truly desperate when I'm not pregnant hence this difficult decision.
I'll try without the wellies tonight, WowOoo and see what happens. It may be all I need to do all along!
The things that have been stressing me so badly lately are being tackled bit by bit now so I'm also hoping that that will help my mind relax at night. I might try a night or two on the sofa bed too, so that I don't get woken up every time DH breathes moves in the night and try and break the cycle a bit that way too. I never used to be so sensitive. I actually used to be a Champion Sleeper, I could fall asleep anywhere and instantly if I needed to [good old days]. Ah well.