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Ketoprofen and Pregnancy

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) classifies ketoprofen as a pregnancy Category C drug. This means that while there have been no studies of ketoprofen and pregnancy conducted in humans, it is thought that the drug may affect the unborn child or complicate labor and delivery. Therefore, most healthcare providers do not recommend ketoprofen for women who are pregnant.

Ketoprofen and Pregnancy: An Overview

Most healthcare providers do not recommend taking ketoprofen during pregnancy because it can possibly cause problems to the unborn child or complicate labor and delivery. Pregnant women should not take ketoprofen at all during the third trimester. Early in the pregnancy, it is possible that your healthcare provider may recommend ketoprofen if he or she feels that the benefits to you outweigh the risks to your unborn child.
 

Ketoprofen and Pregnancy Category C

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) uses a pregnancy category system to classify the possible risks to a fetus that may occur when women take specific medications during pregnancy. The FDA considers ketoprofen to be a pregnancy Category C medicine. Pregnancy Category C refers to medicines that have not been studied in pregnant humans but do appear to cause harm to the fetus in animal studies. Also, medicines that have not been studied in any pregnant women or animals automatically are given a pregnancy Category C rating.
 
Even if a drug does appear to have adverse effects in animal fetuses, it's important to remember that animals do not always respond to medicines the same way that humans do. Therefore, a healthcare provider may still prescribe a pregnancy Category C medicine to a pregnant woman if he or she believes that the benefits to the woman outweigh the possible risks to the unborn child.
 
If you become pregnant (or are thinking of becoming pregnant) while taking ketoprofen, let your healthcare provider know. He or she will consider both the benefits and risks of ketoprofen during pregnancy before making a recommendation for your particular situation.
 
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