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Sunday, January 08, 2006


Hi Dr Amy,

I recently went to the ER because I had a severe headache that was persistant for 3 days. They treated me by giving me a pain medication called Dilaudid IV. Upon discharge the ER doctor prescribed me Ativan for muscle spasms.

My mother told me that Ativan was more for depression and anxiety. I have no history of either of those. The medication is a pregnancy class D. What does that mean? My husband and I are TTC and I am scared that taking this medicine (for a short period of time) may affect our TTC. I have since discontined use of this medication until I speak to my primary physican but what are you thoughts on Ativan. Thanks in advance.


Dear F,

Ativan is related to valium. It can be used as an anti-anxiety medication and as a muscle relaxant. It is not an antidepressant.

Category D drugs are known to be harmful in pregnancy, so you should not take it if you are trying to conceive. Ask your doctor if there is a better alternative for you.



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