Most health expert recommend six month of exclusive breastfeeding but statics suggest that numbers are not good, almost 95% mothers start breastfeeding but this number drops to 40% in first three month and further it drops to 15% till fifth month. Sometime its due to need of medication usage. Because of these statics its important to provide good information on safety of drugs in breastfeeding so that it can be improved when possible. In this FAQ sheet we will discuss about exposure to Alprazolam Tablet while breastfeeding. We will also discuss about common side effects and warnings associated with Alprazolam Tablet.
What is Alprazolam Tablet used for?
Anxiety Disorders Alprazolam tablets, USP are indicated for the management of anxiety disorder (a condition corresponding most closely to the APA Diagnostic and Statistical Manual [DSM-III-R] diagnosis of generalized anxiety disorder) or the short-term relief of symptoms of anxiety. Anxiety or tension associated with the stress of everyday life usually does not require treatment with an anxiolytic. Generalized anxiety disorder is characterized by unrealistic or excessive anxiety and worry (apprehensive expectation) about two or more life circumstances, for a period of 6 months or longer, during which the person has been bothered more days than not by these concerns. At least 6 of the following 18 symptoms are often present in these patients: Motor Tension (trembling, twitching, or feeling shaky; muscle tension, aches, or soreness; restlessness; easy fatigability); Autonomic Hyperactivity (shortness of breath or smothering sensations; palpitations or accelerated heart rate; sweating, or cold clammy hands; dry mouth; dizziness or light-headedness; nausea, diarrhea, or other abdominal distress; flushes or chills; frequent urination; trouble swallowing or 'lump in throat’); Vigilance and Scanning (feeling keyed up or on edge; exaggerated startle response; difficulty concentrating or 'mind going blank’ because of anxiety; trouble falling or staying asleep; irritability). These symptoms must not be secondary to another psychiatric disorder or caused by some organic factor. Anxiety associated with depression is responsive to alprazolam. Panic Disorder Alprazolam tablets, USP are also indicated for the treatment of panic disorder, with or without agoraphobia. Studies supporting this claim were conducted in patients whose diagnoses corresponded closely to the DSM-III-R/IV criteria for panic disorder (see CLINICAL STUDIES). Panic disorder (DSM-IV) is characterized by recurrent unexpected panic attacks, ie, a discrete period of intense fear or discomfort in which four (or more) of the following symptoms develop abruptly and reach a peak within 10 minutes: (1) palpitations, pounding heart, or accelerated heart rate; (2) sweating; (3) trembling or shaking; (4) sensations of shortness of breath or smothering; (5) feeling of choking; (6) chest pain or discomfort; (7) nausea or abdominal distress; (8) feeling dizzy, unsteady, lightheaded, or faint; (9) derealization (feelings of unreality) or depersonalization (being detached from oneself); (10) fear of losing control; (11) fear of dying; (12) paresthesias (numbness or tingling sensations); (13) chills or hot flushes. Demonstrations of the effectiveness of alprazolam by systematic clinical study are limited to 4 months duration for anxiety disorder and 4 to 10 weeks duration for panic disorder; however, patients with panic disorder have been treated on an open basis for up to 8 months without apparent loss of benefit. The physician should periodically reassess the usefulness of the drug for the individual patient.
Is Alprazolam Tablet usage safe while breastfeeding? If a lactating mother is using it can there be any effect on growth or development of infant?
Alprazolam is the one and only active ingredient present in Alprazolam Tablet. Alprazolam in itself is a low risk drug for lactation so it is easy to understand that Alprazolam Tablet also comes in category of Low Risk item while breastfeeding. Below is the summary of Alprazolam in breastfeeding.
Alprazolam Tablet Breastfeeding Analsys
Alprazolam while Breastfeeding Low Risk
CAS Number: 28981-97-7
Short-acting benzodiazepine. A case of Abstinence Syndrome in a child after mother withhold of Alprazolam at 9 months and sedation among infants has been reported. Both circumstances indicate that excretion into breast milk - despite small (< 10% of maternal dose) - can achieve clinical significance. Hence, rapid acting and less excretion into breast milk should be preferred. Most benzodiacepine drugs may decrease prolactin levels but Alprazolam increases it. Short-term and low dose treatment is compatible with breastfeeding. Choise of a low dose and short-acting benzodiacepine is advisable especially in the post-partum period. Be aware of somnolence and poor feeding in the child. Bed-sharing is not recommended for mothers who are taking this medication.
Alprazolam Tablet Breastfeeding Analsys - 2
Alprazolam while Breastfeeding
CAS Number: 28981-97-7
Because of reports of effects in infants, including sedation, alprazolam is probably not the best benzodiazepine for repeated use during nursing, especially with a neonate or premature infant. A shorter-acting benzodiazepine without active metabolites is preferred. After a single dose of alprazolam, there is usually no need to wait to resume breastfeeding.
What should I do if already breastfed my kid after using Alprazolam Tablet?
During whole lactation period you shall first discuss with your doctor and then together you shall decide whether you shall take that drug or not however if you have already taken Alprazolam Tablet then you shall inform your doctor, But you should not be worried too much as Alprazolam Tablet comes in category of low risk drug.
I am nursing mother and my doctor has suggested me to use Alprazolam Tablet, is it safe?
Alprazolam Tablet comes in category of low risk and if your doctor is aware that you are breastfeeding it should be ok to use without much concerns.
If I am using Alprazolam Tablet, will my baby need extra monitoring?
Who can I talk to if I have questions about usage of Alprazolam Tablet in breastfeeding?
National Womens Health and Breastfeeding Helpline: 800-994-9662 (TDD 888-220-5446) 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday
National Breastfeeding Helpline: 0300-100-0212 9.30am to 9.30pm, daily
Association of Breastfeeding Mothers: 0300-330-5453
La Leche League: 0345-120-2918
The Breastfeeding Network supporter line in Bengali and Sylheti: 0300-456-2421
National Childbirth Trust (NCT): 0300-330-0700
National Breastfeeding Helpline: 1800-686-268 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Telehealth Ontario for breastfeeding: 1-866-797-0000 24 hours a day, 7 days a week