Safety / Contraindications of Klonopin in the First Trimester
Many medications are not considered to be safe, and will even have contraindications, for women who are pregnant. These safety concerns or contraindications may be limited to the first trimester of pregnancy, which is the most critical time of pregnancy in terms of the development of the baby’s organs, as well as in terms of the risks that exist for miscarriage and other problems. Still, many medications are contraindicated for later in pregnancy, as well. Klonopin, in general, is not recommended for pregnant women, especially in the first trimester.
Klonopin is also known as clonazepam. Klonopin is used for a variety of purposes, such as for the treatment of seizures. Klonopin is also used, in some cases, to treat a variety of panic disorders.
Klonopin falls into the category of a “class D” medication as it relates to pregnancy. As such, Klonopin is thought to be harmful to your developing baby in the first trimester. In rare circumstances where the benefit of taking Klonopin would outweigh the risks posed by Klonopin, your health care provider may wish to have you continue, or start, taking Klonopin. In many ways, it will depend on your particular situation.
Klonopin is a part of a family of medications known as Benzodiazepines. This category of medications generally has contraindications in the first trimester of pregnancy. Some Benzodiazepines have been demonstrated to cause birth defects, neonatal withdrawal, neonatal depression, and even “floppy baby” syndrome.
If you are taking Klonopin and become pregnant, you should speak with your health care provider. Your health care provider can help you to know what exactly the risks of taking Klonopin in the first trimester of pregnancy may be. Your health care provider can also help to explain what the risks of not taking Klonopin may be, as well. It may be that there are other medications that your health care provider might want to prescribe to you during the first trimester, and possibly later on into the rest of your pregnancy. There may be other ways to address your seizures, or your anxiety disorders, or whatever exactly it is that you were using Klonopin for.