MoviPrep and Pregnancy
No studies have been done on the potential risks of using MoviPrep during pregnancy. This medication is not expected to be absorbed into the bloodstream, so it would be unlikely that it would cause fetal harm. However, because of the unknown risks, the manufacturer of the drug recommends that pregnant women only use it when clearly needed.
Can Pregnant Women Take MoviPrep?MoviPrep® (polyethylene glycol electrolyte solution) is a prescription laxative used to prepare the bowel for a colonoscopy. It does this by causing watery stool, which removes waste from the colon. At this time, it is unknown if this medication is safe for use during pregnancy.
What Is Pregnancy Category C?The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) uses a pregnancy category system to classify the possible risks to a fetus when a specific medicine is taken during pregnancy. Pregnancy Category C is given to medicines that have not been studied in pregnant humans, but do appear to cause harm to the fetus in animal studies.
In addition, medicines that have not been adequately studied in pregnant women or animals are automatically given a pregnancy Category C rating.
MoviPrep has not been studied in pregnant animals or women. Because MoviPrep is not expected to be absorbed into the bloodstream after normal use, it would be unlikely to cause problems in the developing fetus. However, all potential risks cannot yet be ruled out.
In general, a pregnancy Category C medicine should be given to a pregnant woman only if the healthcare provider believes that the benefits to the woman outweigh any possible risks to the unborn child. The manufacturer of MoviPrep recommends that this medication only be given to a pregnant woman if clearly needed.
It is rare to need a colonoscopy during pregnancy. However, if a colonoscopy is needed during your pregnancy, your healthcare provider may recommend MoviPrep for bowel preparation before the procedure.