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Panic Disorders board

Hi everyone, I am new to this board. I am 33 years old and I am 6 months pregnant. I have suffered with anxiety and panic attacks since my father passed away about 8 years ago. When I got pregnant with my son who is 6 years old now the anxiety and panic went away untill 3 months after delivery. I have been going to counseling and have been put on a lot of different medication's that did not help me at all (SSRI's ect.). I was put on Xanax about 4 years ago and that was the only thing that helped. When I got pregnant with my daughter who is almost 9 months I was having very bad panic attacks and anxiety so my theripist wanted me to stay on the xanax even though my OB doctor didnt agree. I was taking 1 1/2 mg. a day through out the whole pregnancy with her and she was healthy with no problems. Well now that I am pregnant again I have had horrible anxiety all day and occasional panic attacks. My theripist wants me to take 1 mg. 3 times a day and a 4th if I need to. I havent been able to do that because I am so worried about the baby. I have only been taking 1 mg. in the morning and 1 at night but during the day i am suffering so much with anxiety. Well I guess what I wanted to know is if there is anyone that has taken the same dosage as me while being pregnant and the baby was fine. My theripist seems to think that having anxiety and panic all the time is much more stress on the baby then taking the medication. Sorry this is so long and thank you in advance for any help.
hi babygirl -

your post caught my eye because I am also concerned about Xanax usage while pregnant. I am not currently pregnany and I do not have any kids, but I want to start a family in the next couple of years and i was extremely nervous about the prospect of having to go off Xanax. It really encourages me to hear that you were able to continue taking Xanax and still have a healthy baby.

Although i can't really offer any experience, have you talked to your doctor about Xanax XR? it lasts longer than regular Xanax so you don't have to take as much. There is also a new alprazolam (generic of Xanax) that has an extended release as well. I can't remember the name of it but my dr gave me some samples. it is very new.
Hi everyone, well I will be 28 weeks in 1 more day and the baby seems to be just fine. I have had a lot of ultrasounds because I have a high risk pregnancy due to 2 preturm delivery's because of my cervix. I had a 3D ultrasound when i was 26 weeks and 3 days and the doctor said there are no signs of cleff pallet (which is something they look for when you take xanax).

I suffered a terrible panic attack at 5:30 in the morning about 3-4 weeks ago and i felt like i was going to die. I was so worried about the baby because of blood presure going up and the stress the baby was probably feeling. I went to see my theripist and she told me not to worry about taking the xanax and to make sure I take it when I need it. I am supose to take 3-4 mg. a day but I only take 2 because of the baby. She said once again that the panic attacks are much worse for the baby then me taking the xanax and if i need to take 1 extra besides the 2 mg. that I am already taking then I need to do it. I know my daughter, who is now 9 months, is very happy and healthy and didnt suffer from the xanax at all but i think i'm just so scared because every baby is different. I havent taken anymore then the 2 mg. a day and I am really trying not to. I just want to get through this. I just cant believe that the anxiety did not go away with this pregnancy and my last one because when i got pregnant with my son who is now 6 years old I didnt have any anxiety at all untill about 3 months after he was born. I wasnt taking any medication at all before and when I got pregnant with him. Well I just wanted to put an update on here about how things where going so far. I hope I am able to give someone a little bit of hope while they are pregnant or plan on becoming pregnant and need to take their medication.