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Aripiprazole Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Warnings

Aripiprazole is also known as: Abilify, Abilify Discmelt, Abilify Maintena, Abilify MyCite, Aristada, Aristada Initio

Medically reviewed on Apr 18, 2017

Aripiprazole Pregnancy Warnings

Animal studies have revealed evidence of developmental toxicity, including possible teratogenic effects. Congenital anomalies have been reported; however, a causal relationship has not been established. There are no controlled data in human pregnancy.

There have been reports of agitation, hypertonia, hypotonia, tremor, somnolence, respiratory distress and feeding disorder in neonates exposed to antipsychotic drugs during the third trimester of pregnancy. These complications have varied in severity; while in some cases symptoms have been self-limited, in other cases neonates have required intensive care unit support and prolonged hospitalization.

To monitor the outcomes of pregnant women exposed to atypical antipsychotics, a National Pregnancy Registry for Atypical Antipsychotics has been established. Physicians are encouraged to register patients and pregnant women are encouraged to register themselves. For additional information: https://womensmentalhealth.org/clinical-and-research-programs/pregnancyregistry/atypicalantipsychotic/.

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 Not Assigned: The US FDA has amended the pregnancy labeling rule for prescription drug products to require labeling that includes a summary of risk, a discussion of the data supporting that summary, and relevant information to help health care providers make prescribing decisions and counsel women about the use of drugs during pregnancy. Pregnancy categories A, B, C, D, and X are being phased out.

This drug should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus.

AU TGA pregnancy category: C
US FDA pregnancy category: Not assigned.

Risk summary: There are insufficient data available on use of this drug in pregnant women to inform a drug-related risk.

Comments:
-A pregnancy exposure registry is available.
-If this drug is used during pregnancy, or if the patient becomes pregnant while taking this drug, the patient should be apprised of the potential harm to the fetus.
-Neonates exposed to antipsychotic drugs during the third trimester of pregnancy are at risk for extrapyramidal and/or withdrawal symptoms following delivery.

See references

Aripiprazole Breastfeeding Warnings

Use is not recommended; a decision should be made to discontinue breast-feeding or discontinue the drug, taking into account the importance of the drug to the mother.

Excreted into human milk: Yes

Comment: The effects in the nursing infant are unknown.

Low levels of this drug have been detected in human milk; the maternal weight-adjusted dose calculated from 2 different women provide estimates of 0.7% and 8.3%. This drug is expected to have a minimal effect on serum prolactin levels, however 2 cases of galactorrhea have been reported.

See references

References for pregnancy information

  1. "Product Information. Abilify Maintena (ARIPiprazole)." Otsuka American Pharmaceuticals Inc, Rockville, MD.
  2. "Product Information. Aristada (ARIPiprazole)." Alkermes, Inc, Cambridge, MA.
  3. Cerner Multum, Inc. "UK Summary of Product Characteristics." O 0
  4. Cerner Multum, Inc. "Australian Product Information." O 0
  5. "Product Information. Abilify (aripiprazole)." Bristol-Myers Squibb, Princeton, NJ.

References for breastfeeding information

  1. "Product Information. Aristada (ARIPiprazole)." Alkermes, Inc, Cambridge, MA.
  2. "Product Information. Abilify (aripiprazole)." Bristol-Myers Squibb, Princeton, NJ.
  3. Cerner Multum, Inc. "UK Summary of Product Characteristics." O 0
  4. United States National Library of Medicine "Toxnet. Toxicology Data Network. Available from: URL: http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/htmlgen?LACT." ([cited 2013 -]):
  5. Cerner Multum, Inc. "Australian Product Information." O 0
  6. "Product Information. Abilify Maintena (ARIPiprazole)." Otsuka American Pharmaceuticals Inc, Rockville, MD.

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