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Viokace and Pregnancy

At this time, it is unclear if it safe for pregnant women to use Viokace. Although the product is a pregnancy Category C medication, there may be times when the benefits of taking it during pregnancy outweigh the potential risks to the unborn child.

Can Pregnant Women Take Viokace?

Viokace® (pancrelipase) is a prescription medication used to treat pancreatic digestive enzyme deficiencies. At this time, it is unclear if this drug is safe for use during pregnancy.

What Is Pregnancy Category C?

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. Viokace is classified as a pregnancy Category C medicine.
Pregnancy Category C is given to medicines that have not been studied in pregnant women but do appear to cause harm to the fetus in animal studies. Also, medicines that have not been studied in any pregnant women or animals are automatically given a pregnancy Category C rating.
Viokace was given a pregnancy Category C rating because it has not been formally studied in any pregnant humans or animals. The potential risks, which are largely unknown, must be weighed against the risks of not treating a pancreatic enzyme deficiency in a pregnant woman. Not treating the deficiency could lead to malnutrition and poor weight gain in the mother, problems that are associated with problems for the fetus during pregnancy. In many and perhaps most cases, the benefits will outweigh the likely risks.

Final Thoughts

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