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Prepopik and Pregnancy

When given to pregnant animals, Prepopik (sodium picosulfate/magnesium oxide/anhydrous citric acid) did not appear to cause any problems. Based on these studies, it appears that this bowel-prep product is safe to take during pregnancy. However, because this medicine should only be used if the benefits outweigh the risks, talk your healthcare provider about the safety of using Prepopik when pregnant.

Can Pregnant Women Take Prepopik?

Prepopik® (sodium picosulfate/magnesium oxide/anhydrous citric acid) is a prescription laxative used to prepare the bowel for a colonoscopy. Based on the results of animal studies, it appears to be safe for use during pregnancy.
 

What Is 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. Prepopik is classified as a pregnancy Category B medicine.
 
Pregnancy Category B is given to medicines that have not been adequately studied in pregnant humans but do not appear to cause harm to the fetus in animal studies. Medications that have been shown to be safe for use in pregnancy in humans but have caused problems in laboratory animals are also given a Category B rating.
 
Prepopik was given a pregnancy Category B rating because it did not cause any problems when given to pregnant rats. However, it is important to note that animals do not always respond to medicines in 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 her unborn child.
 

Final Thoughts

If you are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant while taking Prepopik, let your healthcare provider know. He or she will consider both the benefits and risks before making a recommendation in your particular situation.
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