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Feldene and Pregnancy

While Feldene has not been tested in pregnant humans -- and therefore the possible effects on unborn children are unknown -- the drug did show possible side effects to fetuses in previous animal studies. As a result, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given Feldene a pregnancy Category C rating.

Can I Take Feldene When Pregnant?

Most healthcare providers do not recommend taking Feldene® (piroxicam) during pregnancy because it can possibly cause problems in the unborn child or complicate labor and delivery. The drug should be avoided completely during the third trimester. Your healthcare provider may recommend Feldene early in your pregnancy. If this is the case, it is because your healthcare provider feels that the benefits to you outweigh the risks to your unborn child.

Feldene and Pregnancy Category C

Feldene 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 drug's benefits outweigh the possible risks to the unborn child.
If you are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant, let your healthcare provider know. He or she will consider the benefits and risks of taking Feldene during pregnancy before making a recommendation in your particular situation.
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