Truvada and Pregnancy

In clinical studies on Truvada and pregnancy, the medication did not cause birth defects or miscarriages when it was given to pregnant animals. However, it is important to note that animals do not always respond to drugs the same way that humans do. If you are taking Truvada and pregnancy occurs, your healthcare provider will weigh the benefits and risks in your particular situation.

Truvada and Pregnancy: An Overview

Truvada® (emtricitabine and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate) is a prescription HIV treatment. Based on information from animal studies, the drug appears to be safe for use during pregnancy.
 

Truvada 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. When given to pregnant animals separately, emtricitabine and tenofovir (the components of Truvada) did not increase the risk of miscarriages or birth defects. It is presumed that combining these medications would not increase the risk of problems either.
 
However, it is important to note 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.
 

Truvada and Pregnancy: Final Thoughts

If you are pregnant, it is always a good idea to ask your healthcare provider before taking any medication. You and your healthcare provider can consider the possible risks and benefits of using Truvada in your particular situation, as well as any other treatment alternatives. Women with HIV need special prenatal care, both for themselves and to prevent the transmission of HIV to their babies.
 
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