Does anyone here know anything specific about whether or not it's safe to use one of these drugs very sparingly while pregnant?-- either clonazepam (Klonopin) or something like Xanax- I forget it's generic name. Benzodiazepenes, basically. I have looked high and low on the Internet medical sites and in drug info and asked pharmacists and 2 of the OBs in my doctor's group. The problem is--panic attacks. I suffer from panic attacks that happen in the middle of the night, OR whenever I go to sleep/nap in the daytime. Basically, anytime I am trying to get to sleep or am asleep, I will jerk awake with a full blown panic attack already happening. It is awful and devastating. I had sleep studies done to see if the problem was sleep apnea and they tried me on different meds before pregnancy- after the sleep study they told me to just stay on Klonopin. When I take Klonopin daily at bedtime, I don't have any panic episodes at all. No night wakings, and my heart doesn't speed up. I weaned off before my first pregnancy and didn't have a problem with panic attacks until 8 months along. They were pretty severe and devastating but they never ok'd klonopin and I tried to suffer through it. I have a new doctor now and he told me not to take Klonopin daily and to use it as sparingly as possible but after the first trimester he said by all means, he doesn't want me to suffer with the increased heart rate and freaky feelings of a panic attack. He said klonopin etc is not desirable for no good reason but my need for treatment outweighs the risks and taking it sparingly should be reasonably ok. 2 pharmacists have told me not to use it, but then told me that the risk is mainly in the early weeks (I'm 13 now) and is mostly either cleft palate, or if taken daily in the end, the baby going through withdrawal after birth. My old doctor told me not to take it...and another doctor in the group I see now said sparingly only for a panic attack in progress should be ok. I am getting panic attacks about 2 nights a week. I get to where I don't even want to go to bed, I dread it happening so bad. It is obviously hormonal because it's always worse in pregnancy for me. I've been reading and the worst I see is risk of cleft palate in the first trimester, which is over for me...I don't know if it's trustworthy but I found a few things on the web from people who took Xanax or klonopin during their entire pregnancies and had healthy babies. I don't want to risk it, and I have tried everything they have suggested but I am a nervous wreck over these panic attacks- have you ever had one?? Mine are so bad they make an EKG test look abnormal. My heart races, I am claustrophobic, I feel like I am smothering and can't breathe and I feel like I am having a heart attack or going to die. WTH causes this?? My doctor ok'd it for occasional use but I still worry so badly that if I take the klonopin, something bad will happen to the baby. My husband found me last night in a puddle on the floor, panicking and gasping for breath and in a cold sweat from having woken up in terror. THIS SUCKS. The doctor told me to try Benadryl but I can't take that, it makes my skin crawl....also, why does this happen whenever I try to sleep? The only other time I get panic attacks is when I feel confined or claustrophobic. But most of the time it happens during sleep and I wake up already in a sweat....my doctor said this sounds like night terrors but didn't tell me what causes it. Anti-depressants did not prevent the problem. I'm not depressed and suffer no other anxiety-- just panic attacks. I don't even remember having any bad dreams. Help.........I am almost 14 weeks pregnant now.