How are parasomnias treated during pregnancy?

Updated: Aug 20, 2019
  • Author: Carmel Armon, MD, MSc, MHS; Chief Editor: Stephen A Berman, MD, PhD, MBA  more...
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Sleep walking, night terrors, and other parasomnias may occur in women of childbearing age. A few systematic studies have been conducted to investigate the effect of pregnancy on these disorders. Data on whether symptoms may increase or decrease during pregnancy are conflicting. Because benzodiazepines are often given to treat parasomnias and because they may be harmful to the fetus, an attempt should be made to withdraw these agents before conception or, in unplanned pregnancies, early in the first trimester.

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