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Hello I am 17 weeks pregnant and suffering from terrible

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Posted on Wed, 27 Mar 2019
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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.

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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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Hello I am 17 weeks pregnant and suffering from terrible

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...