Can You Take Ambien During Pregnancy?

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By Dr. Nathan Fox | Updated on Jan 4, 2024
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Whether you should take Ambien or not during pregnancy is a decision that should be discussed with your doctor based on your level of insomnia and your response to other nonprescription medications. 

Ambien (zolpidem) is a medication used to help people sleep. It’s not a benzodiazepine (like valium or Xanax), but it does interact with benzodiazepine receptors and has some overlapping properties. It’s not typically addictive, and most data suggest that Ambien doesn’t increase the risk of birth defects. It’s also considered compatible with breastfeeding. However, you should still speak with your doctor before taking Ambien while pregnant.   

For up-to-date information on the safety of medications in pregnancy, see www.reprotox.org 1 

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Can You Take Ambien During Pregnancy?

 Nathan Fox Profile Photo
By Dr. Nathan Fox | Updated on Jan 4, 2024
Image for article Can You Take Ambien During Pregnancy?

Whether you should take Ambien or not during pregnancy is a decision that should be discussed with your doctor based on your level of insomnia and your response to other nonprescription medications. 

Ambien (zolpidem) is a medication used to help people sleep. It’s not a benzodiazepine (like valium or Xanax), but it does interact with benzodiazepine receptors and has some overlapping properties. It’s not typically addictive, and most data suggest that Ambien doesn’t increase the risk of birth defects. It’s also considered compatible with breastfeeding. However, you should still speak with your doctor before taking Ambien while pregnant.   

For up-to-date information on the safety of medications in pregnancy, see www.reprotox.org 1 

Pregnant woman holding her stomach on a bed with a plant in the background

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