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Ketamine Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Warnings

Ketamine is also known as: Ketalar

Medically reviewed on Aug 14, 2018

Ketamine Pregnancy Warnings

Animal studies failed to show adverse effects in the fetus at up to 5 times the average human IV dose for 3 consecutive doses. There are no controlled data in human pregnancy.

AU TGA pregnancy category B3: Drugs which have been taken by only a limited number of pregnant women and women of childbearing age, without an increase in the frequency of malformation or other direct or indirect harmful effects on the human fetus having been observed. Studies in animals have shown evidence of an increased occurrence of fetal damage, the significance of which is considered uncertain in humans.

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.

Use is not recommended.

AU TGA pregnancy category: B3
US FDA pregnancy category: Not assigned

See references

Ketamine Breastfeeding Warnings

Use is not recommended.

Excreted into human milk: Likely
Excreted into animal milk: Yes

Breastmilk levels of this drug have not been measured after administration to humans. Minimal data indicate that use in nursing mothers may not affect the breastfed infant or lactation. This drug should only be used with careful monitoring during breastfeeding.

See references

References for pregnancy information

  1. Cerner Multum, Inc. "UK Summary of Product Characteristics." O 0
  2. Pharmaceutical Society of Australia "APPGuide online. Australian prescription products guide online. Available from: URL: http://www.appco.com.au/appguide/default.asp." ([2006]):
  3. "Product Information. Ketalar (ketamine)." JHP Pharmaceuticals, Saddle River, NJ.

References for breastfeeding information

  1. Cerner Multum, Inc. "UK Summary of Product Characteristics." O 0
  2. Pharmaceutical Society of Australia "APPGuide online. Australian prescription products guide online. Available from: URL: http://www.appco.com.au/appguide/default.asp." ([2006]):
  3. 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 -]):
  4. "Product Information. Ketalar (ketamine)." JHP Pharmaceuticals, Saddle River, NJ.

Further information

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