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Insomania drug usage during pregnancy - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I am 8 weeks pregnant and have taken ambien on an off for these first 8 weeks- in emergency. my questions is reagarding the safety of taking ambien during my pregnancy. what i really need is to take it every night if i want to sleep at all. i know its not recommended to take ambien every night, pregnant or not although i want to ask you about the reseaech that has been done on this topic. Ive heard from some doctors that is is ok to take ambian becasue the baby does dot directly get the effects of the drug. basically, it is not passed to the baby. is this true? can you please provide and statistics to back up your answers?? thanks so much
Doctor :   Hi,
Doctor :   Let me read your query for some time to be able to have a good discussion here
User :   ok
User :   thanks
Doctor :   yes, its true the its a class C drug and do not or reach in very negligible amounts to the fetus
Doctor :   well its one sleeping medication recommended in pregnancy
Doctor :   but anyway medications ( benzodiazepines ) are always addictive and pregnancy is one state where there is very much high possibilities for the same
User :   im a little confused because of the way this is written. can you provide some clarity? do you think is is OK to take ambien during pregnancy? (what is a bendiazepines?)
Doctor :   yes , it is safe to take ambien during pregnancy
Doctor :   but prolonged use is nor recommended
User :   ok thank you. can it be taken every nigth?
Doctor :   yes, but do not extend the use for more than 2 months
User :   also, what us bendiazepines
Doctor :   Benzodiazepine is the name of the group of medicines to which zolpidem belongs
Doctor :   i am sorry i meant non benzodizepine group
User :   oh ok i was confused thank you- just a coupl equestions you didne answer. i will retype them
Doctor :   sure
User :   Oh ok so you're basically saying i can take ambien for no more than 2 months while pregnant. afetr those 2 months, discontinue use? does it matter at what stage of the pregnancy the ambien is taken?
Doctor :   yes, it would be better to avoid during third trimesters
Doctor :   and also in the early weeks of first trimester
User :   ok thnaks one more thing
Doctor :   yes,
User :   I aksed: Ive heard from some doctors that is is ok to take ambian becasue the baby does dot directly get the effects of the drug. basically, it is not passed to the baby. is this true?
User :   this is the answer you gave to that question, corrrect?
User :   yes, its true the its a class C drug and do not or reach in very negligible amounts to the fetus
Doctor :   yes,
User :   great thanks so much- and are you a real certified doctor?
Doctor :   yes , i am'
User :   do you provide names or any credentials?
Doctor :   yes, i can mail them to you
User :   oh great! just in case i go to my OB with this info i dont want them to think i was chatting with a high school boy or something,. haaa. thanks again for ypur help!!
Doctor :   you are welcome
User :   you can email
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me
Doctor :   sure
User :   thank you!
Doctor :   Bye for now
Doctor :   Take care
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