Albendazole Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Warnings

Albendazole is also known as: Albenza

Albendazole Pregnancy Warnings

Albendazole has been assigned to pregnancy category C by the FDA. Animal studies have revealed evidence of teratogenicity (caused embryotoxicity and skeletal malformations) in pregnant rats and rabbits. There are no controlled data in human pregnancy. Albendazole is only recommended for use during pregnancy when there are no alternatives and benefit outweighs risk.

Albendazole should not be used in pregnant women except in clinical circumstances where no alternative management is appropriate. Patients should avoid a pregnancy for at least 1 month following cessation of albendazole therapy. If a patient becomes pregnant while taking this drug, albendazole should be discontinued immediately. If pregnancy occurs while taking this drug, the patient should be apprised of the potential hazard to the fetus.

Albendazole Breastfeeding Warnings

There are no data on the excretion of albendazole into human milk. The manufacturer recommends that caution be used when administering albendazole to nursing women.

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