My father chose to end his life support this weekend and I'm going to the hospital either tonight or tomorrow to deal with this. I have severe panic attacks and anxiety and my doctor called me in 6 of the lowest dose of valium. He did say this is a category D medicine with potentially harmful risks but it would be a very low exposure because it was the lowest dose and he only called me in a few. I'm 28wks and I'm very torn at what to do. Has anyone done anything like this before or if not please just give me your opinion.
Crossing, my heart goes out to you. I dont know details on Valium but I have learned during these weeks I've spent with my perinatologist that there really are many meds that can be prescribed safely during pregnancy with proper monitoring... Many that I never would have imagined. If your doctor tells you the risks are minimal, well I think its likely those risks are in fact minimal. My thoughts are with you as you face the decision on taking the Valium and as you deal with such a difficult time coping with your very I'll father. Warm (((hugs))) to you.
I'm sooo sorry that you are going through this right now. My thoughts go out to you and your family. In my honest opinion, I would not take them. That's just me. I would never take a Category D drug. I know at the same time, you are dealing with a lot and I've never experienced panic attacks or bad anxiety. But just my opinion, I would be way too worried about the risks it has on my baby and that's enough for me not to take them.
Do what you feel is best. So sorry again that you are going through this. Take care.
I'm so sorry for you. It's a terrible thing you're going through. Personally, I would take the medication if I needed it. While I too would worry about the baby, you need to remember to take care of yourself. If the medication will help you get though this painful time, I'd use it.
I'm so sorry to hear about what you're going through... I do agree though that you really need to think about what you need during this time. If your doctor has prescribed this very small amount, and is not concerned with risks to the baby, I would trust him. You have to think about how this medication could potentially help you--you don't want to not take it and be a total wreck, because that can be very bad for baby as well. Maybe if you take it, it will ease at least some of the stress and help you to better deal with it.
There are going to be risks both ways to your baby, because of this extremely unfortunate event that you're going through, but I will pray that you can feel at peace with whatever your ultimate descision is.
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