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Hello I am 17 weeks pregnant and suffering from terrible

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Dr. Salah Saad Shoman

Internal Medicine Specialist

Practicing since :2004

Answered : 2311 Questions

Posted on Wed, 27 Mar 2019 in Pregnancy
Question: Hello

I am 17 weeks pregnant and suffering from terrible insomnia. I have tried benadryl and unisom to no avail. My doctor perscribed ambien. I want to take it every night but don't know how often is ok while pregnant. Please get back to me on this.

Answered by Dr. Salah Saad Shoman 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
Category C, Should not be taken

Detailed Answer:
Dear Ma’am,
I have gone through your question and I understand your concerns...

Please note that Ambien is classified as category C and can cause dangerous effects on the fetus...It should be strictly avoided during pregnancy...

I would recommend that you get a blood test for thyroid hormonal profile including T3, T4, and TSH to exclude hyperthyroidism as a cause of your insomnia...

I hope you find this helpful...
Let me know if I can assist you further...

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