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Diazepam in pregnancy?

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alloveragainchoo Fri 24-Feb-17 16:06:24

Can't seem to find any info about risks to baby taking this when pregnant. Years ago I had severe anxiety and panic attacks, had cbt and got better. Now being 17 weeks pregnant my hormones are messing with me and the anxiety and panic are creeping back in. Got so bad this morning had to leave work.
I went straight to my doctors and he has prescribed 2mg diazepam to take as and when I need to calm down, so it's not for ongoing treatment. I've got enough for a week so a short small dose.
But now I'm home I'm questioning taking it, as soon as I go outside I'm getting panic, but I don't want to take this if it's going to harm baby.
Anyone been in same situation or any info on it in short term use would be so helpful to me

TestingTestingWonTooFree Fri 24-Feb-17 21:14:34

Does your doctor know you are pregnant? If so, they wouldn't prescribe it unless it was safe.

TestingTestingWonTooFree Fri 24-Feb-17 21:17:20

www.evidence.nhs.uk/formulary/bnf/current/4-central-nervous-system/41-hypnotics-and-anxiolytics/412-anxiolytics/benzodiazepines#PHP2155

Looks like small occasional doses will be fine.

Werkzallhourz Fri 24-Feb-17 21:17:28

I was under the impression that you shouldn't take diazepam when you were either pregnant or breastfeeding.

I was prescribed diazepam after a stillbirth and the pharmacist took me to one side to double check I wasn't pregnant or breastfeeding, so I would go back to you doctor and make sure it is okay.

alloveragainchoo Sat 25-Feb-17 08:11:26

Yes he knows I'm pregnant, I just feel like I can either take medication and put a risk to the baby or not take anything and put a risk to my anxiety and panic disorder relapsing.
I know it should be ok because the doctor prescribed it, but I would never forgive myself if anything happened because of me

mrscrocopop Sat 25-Feb-17 21:46:05

OP - why don't you seek a referral to your local IAPT service for some more CBT? That won't leave you or baby at any risk. Alternatively ask for a referral to the mental health midwife. They will be able to offer anxiety management or refer you to appropriate service. Xx

alloveragainchoo Sat 25-Feb-17 23:44:11

Ive had a referral made for both so just waiting to hear back from them, just having a bad few days I think, been feeling abit more positive today thank god!

mrscrocopop Sun 26-Feb-17 09:17:42

Glad you're feeling a bit better today; anxiety can get very overwhelming at times.
Take care xx

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