Dalmane and Pregnancy
The results of studies on Dalmane and pregnancy have shown that pregnant women should not take the drug. Using Dalmane or any benzodiazepine medication during pregnancy may increase the risk of birth defects or cause withdrawal symptoms in the newborn. Talk with your healthcare provider right away if you have been prescribed Dalmane and pregnancy occurs (or if you think you may be pregnant).
Dalmane and Pregnancy: An OverviewDalmane® (flurazepam) is a prescription sleep medication used to treat insomnia. It should not be taken during pregnancy. Dalmane is part of a group of medications known as benzodiazepines. Animal and human studies have suggested that benzodiazepine use during pregnancy can increase the risk of birth defects and other problems.
Dalmane and Pregnancy Category XThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) uses a category system to classify the possible risks to a fetus when a specific medicine is taken during pregnancy. Pregnancy Category X is given to medicines that show problems to the fetus in animal studies or in women who have taken the medicine. Also, a pregnancy Category X rating is given when the potential risks of a medication outweigh any possible benefits when used during pregnancy.
Dalmane was given a pregnancy Category X rating because of problems in animal and human studies. Benzodiazepine use during early pregnancy may increase the risk of birth defects, while use during later pregnancy can cause withdrawal symptoms in a newborn. Since taking Dalmane is never absolutely necessary, it should not be taken during pregnancy.
If you are pregnant or are thinking of becoming pregnant while taking Dalmane, let your healthcare provider know. You should not take the drug if you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant.