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Diclofenac / misoprostol Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Warnings

Diclofenac / misoprostol is also known as: Arthrotec

Diclofenac / misoprostol Pregnancy Warnings

Use is contraindicated. AU TGA pregnancy category: X US FDA pregnancy category: X Comments: -Patients prescribed this drug must be advised of the abortifacient properties and warned not to give this drug to others. -Women of childbearing potential should have a negative pregnancy test within 2 weeks of beginning therapy and should begin therapy on the second or third day of next normal menstrual period. -Effective contraceptive measures should be used during therapy.

Administration of misoprostol can cause abortion, premature birth, fetal death, or birth defects. This drug should not be used in women of childbearing potential unless the patient requires nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) therapy and the patients is at high risk of developing gastric or duodenal ulceration or developing complications from gastric or duodenal complications associated with NSAID use. NSAIDs used in late pregnancy may cause premature closure of the fetal ductus arteriosus. There are no controlled data in human pregnancy. AU TGA pregnancy category X: Drugs which have such a high risk of causing permanent damage to the fetus that they should not be used in pregnancy or when there is a possibility of pregnancy. US FDA pregnancy category X: Studies in animals or humans have demonstrated fetal abnormalities and/or there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience, and the risks involved in use of the drug in pregnant women clearly outweigh potential benefits.

Diclofenac / misoprostol Breastfeeding Warnings

Two small studies including a total of 22 lactating women found very low levels of misoprostol acid, a biologically active metabolite, in breast milk. The maximum concentration in the breast milk occurred 1 hour after the dose. The data on excretion of diclofenac into breast milk is limited. It does appear to pass in small amounts. Some experts consider this drug to be acceptable during breast feeding, however other agents have more published information and may be preferred, especially when nursing a newborn or preterm infant.

Use is not recommended. Excreted into human milk: Yes (diclofenac, misoprostol) Comments: The effects in the nursing infant are unknown; however diarrhea is a recognized side effect of misoprostol and could occur in the infant.

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