27 Aug 2010
Soma 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 when a specific medicine is taken during pregnancy. Pregnancy Category C is given 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 are automatically given a pregnancy Category C rating.
Animal studies do not suggest that Soma increases the risk of birth defects. However, Soma caused other problems in the offspring when given to pregnant animals. These problems included:
Low fetal weight
Decreased weight gain after birth
Decreased survival after birth.
However, it is important to note that animals do not always respond to medicines the same way that humans do. Therefore, a pregnancy Category C medicine may be given to a pregnant woman if a Doctor believes that the benefits to the pregnant woman outweigh any possible risks to the unborn child.
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