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Duetact and Pregnancy

Although the medication has not been studied in pregnant humans, animal studies on Duetact and pregnancy show that it may cause miscarriages and slow down the growth of fetuses. As a result, the medication is considered a pregnancy Category C drug. If you are taking Duetact and pregnancy occurs, your healthcare provider will weigh the benefits to you against the risks to your unborn child.

Duetact and Pregnancy: An Overview

For women who are pregnant, Duetact® (pioglitazone and glimepiride) may not be safe. This is based on animal studies that looked at the effects of the drug during pregnancy.

Duetact and 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. Pregnancy Category C is given to medicines that have not been studied in pregnant humans but that 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.
In animal studies, giving large doses of pioglitazone (one of the components of Duetact) to pregnant rats increased the risk of miscarriages and slowed down the growth of fetal rats. The other component of Duetact (glimepiride) has been shown to cause miscarriages in rats. However, it is important to note that animals do not always respond to medicines the same way that humans do. Therefore, a pregnancy Category C medicine may be given to a pregnant woman if the healthcare provider believes that the benefits to the mother outweigh any possible risks to the unborn child.

Duetact and Pregnancy: Final Thoughts

If you are taking Duetact and become pregnant or are thinking about becoming pregnant, let your healthcare provider know. He or she will consider the benefits and risks of Duetact during pregnancy before making a recommendation for your particular situation.
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