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Capex and Pregnancy

When steroids like Capex (fluocinolone shampoo) were given to pregnant animals, it increased the risk for birth defects and other problems. However, using this medicine for just a few days on a small area of the body is not expected to cause problems. If you are pregnant and using Capex, your healthcare provider will likely recommend using the smallest amount for the shortest time possible.

Can Pregnant Women Use Capex?

Capex® (fluocinolone shampoo) is a prescription topical steroid shampoo used to treat seborrhea of the scalp. Based on information currently available, it is unclear if the drug is safe for use during pregnancy. As with most medications, it should be used only if necessary, at the lowest effective dose, and for the shortest possible time 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 used 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 studied in any pregnant women or animals are automatically given a pregnancy Category C rating.
Capex is a steroid. Animal studies have shown that steroids may increase the risk of birth defects and may cause other problems, such as poor fetal growth or even stillbirth. Similar problems might also occur in humans, although the risk is probably smaller with topical steroids, which are applied to the skin, like Capex.
While short-term use (a few days) of Capex applied sparingly is probably not likely to cause problems (although this is not known for sure), extended use should probably be avoided during pregnancy if possible.
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