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Desonate and Pregnancy

Due to the risk of birth defects and other problems, steroids such as Desonate (desonide gel) must be used cautiously in women who are pregnant. This medication has a pregnancy Category C rating, which means it may be used if the benefits outweigh the risks. Short-term use is not likely to cause serious problems. Even so, consult your healthcare provider before using this drug.

Can Pregnant Women Use Desonate?

Desonate® (desonide gel) is a prescription topical steroid approved for treating atopic dermatitis. Based on information currently available, it is unclear if the drug is safe for use during pregnancy. As with most medications, Desonate should be used only if necessary, at the lowest effective dose, and for the shortest possible time as necessary 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. 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.
 
Animal studies have shown that steroids, including Desonate, may increase the risk of birth defects (such as cleft palate) and may cause other problems, such as poor fetal growth or decreased survival. Similar problems might also occur in humans, although the risk is probably smaller with topical steroids that are applied to the skin, like Desonate.
 
Short-term use of Desonate (a few days) applied to a small area of the body is probably not likely to cause problems, although this is not known for sure. However, extended use or use over a large area of the body should be avoided during pregnancy if possible.
 
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