I'm pregnant in third month,and I suffer from severe allergies in the chest,my doctor told me I have to use SYMBICORT 320.but i need to know is it risky or save and side effects for my pregnancy?
Pregnancy Category C is given to medicines that have not been studied in pregnant humans but that 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.
Symbicort was given a pregnancy Category C rating because of potential problems demonstrated in animal studies. When given to pregnant rats, the drug caused birth defects and increased the risk of miscarriage.
However, it is important to note that animals do not always respond to medicines in the same way as humans. A pregnancy Category C medicine may be given to a pregnant woman if a Doctor believes that the benefits to her outweigh any possible risks to the unborn child. Because medications like Symbicort can be essential for people with asthma, Doctors sometimes recommend that women continue to take Symbicort during pregnancy.
I suggest that if you feel unsafe, contact your doctor and discuss the above information further.-
All the best.-
Symbicort has been assigned to pregnancy category C by the FDA.
This means that human studies of the effects of Symbicort during pregnancy have not been done and animal studies have shown evidence of teratogenicity (affected development of the embryo/fetus in some way).
Symbicort is only recommended for use during pregnancy when benefit outweighs risk.
Given that you have severe allergies your doctor must have decided that the
benefits to you outweigh any risks to the baby.
Talk with your doctor if you are not happy. Ask if there are any other safer options.
- Symbicort Information for Consumers
- Symbicort Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Symbicort (detailed)
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