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If you are expecting, Duragesic (fentanyl patch) may not be the best choice for you, as the full risks are unknown. When high doses of the active ingredient in this medication were given to pregnant animals, several problems occurred in the offspring, including low body weight and decreased motor activity. If you are using Duragesic and pregnancy occurs, discuss the potential risks with your doctor.
Can Pregnant Women Use Duragesic?Duragesic® (fentanyl patch) is a prescription narcotic pain medication approved to treat moderate-to-severe chronic, persistent pain. This medication may not be safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are unknown.
What Is Pregnancy Category C?The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (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 have not been adequately studied in pregnant humans, but do appear to cause harm to the fetus in animal studies.
- Decreased respiration (decreased breathing)
- Changes in behavior, such as irritability, jitteriness, or restlessness
- Excessive or high-pitched crying
- Poor feeding