Doral and Pregnancy
It may be dangerous for pregnant women to take Doral. Pregnancy studies on animals and humans show that other benzodiazepines (the class of drug that Doral belongs to) can cause serious side effects or complications to a developing fetus. As a result, it has been given a pregnancy Category X rating by the FDA. If you are taking Doral and pregnancy occurs, notify your healthcare provider immediately.
Doral® (quazepam) is a prescription medication approved to treat insomnia. It should not be taken during pregnancy. Doral belongs to 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.
The 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.
Doral was given a pregnancy Category X rating because of problems with other benzodiazepines in animal and human studies. Benzodiazepine use during early pregnancy may increase the risk of birth defects, while use during late pregnancy can cause withdrawal symptoms in a newborn. Since taking Doral is never absolutely necessary, it should not be taken during pregnancy.
If you are pregnant or are thinking of becoming pregnant while taking Doral, let your healthcare provider know. You should not take the drug if you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant.