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Anaprox and Pregnancy

While human studies have not been done, animal studies on Anaprox and pregnancy suggest that the drug could cause problems for an unborn child. The drug can also complicate labor and delivery. Thus, most healthcare providers do not prescribe Anaprox during pregnancy; it should be avoided entirely during the third trimester. If you are taking Anaprox and pregnancy occurs, your healthcare provider will weigh the benefits and the risks in your particular situation.

Anaprox and Pregnancy: An Overview

Most healthcare providers do not recommend taking Anaprox® (naproxen sodium) during pregnancy, because it can cause problems for the unborn child or complicate labor and delivery. While Anaprox should not be taken during the third trimester, early in the pregnancy, it is possible that your healthcare provider may recommend Anaprox. This is because he or she feels that the benefits to you outweigh the risks to your unborn child.

Anaprox and Pregnancy Category C

Anaprox is considered a pregnancy Category C medicine by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA uses a category system to classify the possible risks to a fetus when a specific medicine is taken during pregnancy. Pregnancy Category C is given to medicines that show side effects to the fetus in animal studies but for which no human studies in pregnant women have been done. It is important to note that animals do not always respond to medicines the same way that humans do. A pregnancy Category C medicine may still be given to a pregnant woman if her healthcare provider believes that the benefits outweigh the possible risks to the unborn child.
If you are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant while taking Anaprox, let your healthcare provider know. He or she will consider both the benefits and risks of the drug during pregnancy before making a recommendation.
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