Oxazepam and Pregnancy
Little is known about the possible risks that oxazepam use may pose during pregnancy. However, other benzodiazepine medications have been shown to cause problems -- such as birth defects or withdrawal symptoms in newborns -- if taken during pregnancy. If you have been prescribed oxazepam and pregnancy occurs (or you're thinking of becoming pregnant), tell your healthcare provider.
An Overview of Oxazepam and PregnancyOxazepam (Serax®) is a prescription medication used to treat alcohol withdrawal and anxiety. It is generally considered unsafe for use during pregnancy. Oxazepam is a benzodiazepine medication. In general, benzodiazepines may cause problems when used during pregnancy.
Oxazepam and Pregnancy Category DThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) uses a category system to classify the possible risks to a fetus when a specific medicine is taken during pregnancy. Pregnancy Category D is given to medicines that have shown clear evidence of risk to the fetus in studies. Pregnancy Category D is a stronger warning than a pregnancy Category C classification. A pregnancy Category D medicine may still be given to a pregnant woman if the healthcare provider believes that the benefits to the woman outweigh the possible risks to the unborn child.
Oxazepam was given a pregnancy Category D rating because it is a benzodiazepine. Since little is known about using oxazepam during pregnancy, it is assumed that it will have the same problems as other benzodiazepines. Other benzodiazepines have been shown to cause problems during pregnancy, including birth defects (when taken early in pregnancy) and withdrawal symptoms in newborns (when taken later in pregnancy).
If you are taking oxazepam and pregnancy occurs (or you're thinking of becoming pregnant), let your healthcare provider know. He or she will consider the benefits and risks of using the medication during pregnancy before making a recommendation for your particular situation.