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Can I take oxazepam if I am pregnant?

Oxazepam (Serax, Zaxopam) is a benzodiazepine, a mild tranquilizer that reduces nervousness, tension, irritability and agitation in people with anxiety disorder, depression and alcohol withdrawal. Since there is an increased risk for harm if a pregnant woman takes other chemically related tranquilizers, there is the assumption that oxazepam too can pose a risk during pregnancy. And if you are taking oxazepam late in your pregnancy, it may cause your baby to be "medicated" at birth. When your baby is born, he or she may experience withdrawal symptoms; appear floppy; and have sucking, breathing and temperature control problems.

Let your doctor know if you become pregnant while taking oxazepam.

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