Asenapine Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Warnings

Asenapine is also known as: Saphris

Asenapine Pregnancy Warnings

Not recommended: this drug should only be used during pregnancy if benefits outweigh the risk to the fetus AU TGA pregnancy category: C US FDA pregnancy category: C Comments: Neonates exposed to this drug during the third trimester should be monitored for extrapyramidal and/or withdrawal symptoms following delivery.

In animal studies, developmental toxicity was observed, but teratogenicity was not demonstrated. Agitation, hypertonia, hypotonia, tremor, somnolence, respiratory distress, and feeding disorder have been reported in neonates exposed to antipsychotics during the third trimester. As with other drugs that antagonize dopamine D2 receptors, this drug elevates prolactin levels. Hyperprolactinemia may suppress hypothalamic GnRH, resulting in reduced pituitary gonadotropin secretion. This, in turn, may inhibit reproductive function by impairing gonadal -steroidogenesis in both female and male patients. There is no controlled data in human pregnancy. AU TGA pregnancy category C: Drugs which, owing to their pharmacological effects, have caused or may be suspected of causing, harmful effects on the human fetus or neonate without causing malformations. These effects may be reversible. Accompanying texts should be consulted for further details. US FDA pregnancy category C: Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.

Asenapine Breastfeeding Warnings

Breastfeeding is not recommended during use of this drug Excreted into human milk: Unknown Excreted into animal milk: Yes The effects in the nursing infant are not known.

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