Xanax While Pregnant

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Millions of people take Xanax to help them deal with anxiety and panic disorders, but is it safe to take Xanax while pregnant?

The short answer to taking Xanax while pregnant is no.

Pfizer, the company that makes Xanax, writes on the drug's official website about taking Xanax while pregnant:

XANAX XR is not recommended for use in pregnancy. Therefore, let your doctor know if you are pregnant, if you are planning to become pregnant, or if you become pregnant while you are taking this medication. Let your doctor know if you are nursing.

An important part of that statement about using Xanax while pregnant is "if you are planning to become pregnant." That's because you can suffer "discontinuation symptoms" if you simply stop taking Xanax. It is safer to gradually reduce your dosage and wean yourself off of the drug.

It is best to begin that process before you get pregnant rather than getting pregnant and abruptly stopping your Xanax treatment.

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