In clinical studies on Norvir and pregnancy, the medication did not cause any problems when it was given to pregnant animals. Since animals do not always respond to medicines the same way that humans do, healthcare providers should only prescribe Norvir to a pregnant woman if the benefits outweigh any possible risks. If you are taking Norvir and pregnancy occurs, notify your healthcare provider immediately.
Norvir and Pregnancy: An Overview
Norvir® (ritonavir) is a prescription HIV treatment. Based on animal studies, Norvir is probably safe for use during pregnancy.
Norvir and Pregnancy Category B
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) uses a category system to classify the possible risks to a fetus when a specific medicine is taken during pregnancy. Pregnancy Category B is given to medicines that have not been studied in pregnant humans but that do not appear to cause harm to the fetus in animal studies. In animal studies, Norvir did not cause any problems when given during pregnancy.
It is important to note, however, that animals do not always respond to medicines the same way that humans do. Therefore, a pregnancy Category B medicine should be given to a pregnant woman only if her healthcare provider believes that the benefits to the woman outweigh any possible risks to the unborn child.
Norvir and Pregnancy: Final Thoughts
If you are pregnant or are thinking of becoming pregnant while taking Norvir, let your healthcare provider know. He or she will consider both the benefits and risks of taking the drug during pregnancy before making a recommendation in your particular situation. Be sure to seek early prenatal care, as women with HIV or AIDS need special care, both for themselves and their babies.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
Last reviewed by: KristiMonson, PharmD;
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