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Hydroxyethyl starch Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Warnings

Hydroxyethyl starch is also known as: Voluven

Hydroxyethyl starch Pregnancy Warnings

FDA pregnancy category: C

Potential benefit should outweigh the potential risk.

Animal data has shown embryocidal or other adverse effects at 1.7 times the human dose. All adverse effects were seen at maternal toxic doses due to fluid overload.

There are no controlled data in human pregnancy.

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.

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Hydroxyethyl starch Breastfeeding Warnings

Caution is recommended.

Excreted into human milk: Unknown
Excreted into animal milk: Unknown

The effects in the nursing infant are unknown.

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References for pregnancy information

  1. "Product Information. Voluven (hydroxyethyl starch)." Hospira Inc, Lake Forest, IL.

References for breastfeeding information

  1. "Product Information. Voluven (hydroxyethyl starch)." Hospira Inc, Lake Forest, IL.

Further information

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