What are the side effects of taking Ambien while pregnant?
There can also be indirect effects on a fetus when a mother takes Ambien. For example, it can cause dizziness, and put the person taking it at an increased risk of falling. Falling can be harmful to a fetus. Ambien can also increase the chances of dehydration, which can be especially dangerous during pregnancy.
What happens if you take sleeping pills while pregnant?
Avoid taking prescription sleeping pills during late pregnancy. There have been cases of breathing and muscle tone problems reported in infants exposed to these medications at that time. Finally, be aware that taking more than the recommended dose of any sleep medication can harm you and your developing baby.
Does Ambien cross the placenta?
Zolpidem crosses the human placenta and rapidly clears the fetal circulation.
Can you take zolpidem during pregnancy?
Zolpidem is an FDA pregnancy category C drug. The FDA categories are based on research currently available, including research from animal studies and human research. Category A drugs are considered the safest to take during pregnancy.
Can you take Ambien every night?
Ambien is designed for short term use only. Taking it at higher than recommended doses for long periods of time increases your chance of addiction.
Can Ambien cause a miscarriage?
Studies that included a small number of women who took zolpidem during early pregnancy overall did not suggest any concerning findings relating to their chance of miscarriage. However, large, well designed studies of women who have taken zolpidem in early pregnancy are required before this can be confirmed.
What can I take to help sleep while pregnant?
According to Marra Francis, M.D., an Ob-Gyn in San Antonio, Texas, certain sleep aids are safe during pregnancy. For example, “Tylenol PM is simply acetaminophen mixed with Benadryl, and both drugs alone are generally fine,” says Dr. Francis. Other sleep aids considered safe by the FDA include Unisom and Nytol.
Is Ambien safe during third trimester?
There aren’t any completely safe prescription options. Ambien (zolpidem tartrate) is sometimes prescribed during pregnancy, as it has the least definite association with birth defects. However, there is a risk associated with the use of Ambien in the third trimester of pregnancy.
Is it safe to take Ambien while breastfeeding?
The sleeping pills Ambien and Lunesta are considered safe to use for occasional use while breastfeeding because very little of the drug gets into the breast milk and reaches the baby. (Consult your doctor before taking any medications while nursing.)
Is Ambien a controlled substance?
AMBIEN is a federally controlled substance (C-IV) because it can be abused or lead to dependence. Keep AMBIEN in a safe place to prevent misuse and abuse. Selling or giving away AMBIEN may harm others, and is against the law.