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Question: Seredyn safe at 30 wks pregnant?


 Alanna - Tue Mar 11, 2008 10:02 pm

I have recently stumbled accross a product for anxiety and panic attacks called seredyn. It contains valerian, passion flower and l theanin, all natural products, on the label it says for pregnant or nursing women to consult a practitioner before use. Is it safe to take a low dose of this to treat my chronic anxiety and panic attacks while i am still pregnant and then while breast feeding?
 Debbie Miller, RN - Sun Mar 16, 2008 8:39 pm

User avatar Hello,
I must first caution you not to assume that because something is "natural' it is safe. Many unsafe products are completely natural. In addition to this caution, supplements are not tested or regulated by the FDA and so we do not have adequate data to declare safety. In fact no medication is tested on pregnant women - but teratology organizations track women who have taken various drugs so they have anecdotal evidence and can sometimes give you reassurance on other medications. Supplements remain a mystery and even the purity of the product is sometimes in question. There has on occasion been found other ingredients contained beyond what is disclosed on the label. Without greater regulation, this is hard to evaluate.

The best advice is to consult with your doctor. Often a prescription medication for anxiety will be the safest course in both pregnancy and lactation. Do not assume that just because the label says not to take in pregnancy or breastfeeding without consulting your doctor because they all say this. It is because of the limited testing and the individual nature of the patient. Many medications are very safe in breastfeeding and because of the important benefits to mother and baby it is important not to automatically stop breastfeeding because medication is needed. Check it out first with an organization like OTIS (otispregnancy.org). Many communities have access to this type of service locally.

Best wishes.

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