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Ultravate and Pregnancy

When steroids like Ultravate (halobetasol) were given to pregnant animals, it increased the risk for birth defects, poor fetal growth, and other problems. However, using this medicine for just a few days on a small area of the body is not expected to cause serious problems. If you are pregnant and using Ultravate, it is best to use the smallest amount for the shortest possible time.

Can Pregnant Women Use Ultravate?

Ultravate® (halobetasol propionate) is a prescription steroid skin medication approved to treat itching and inflammation due to a wide variety of conditions. 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?

Ultravate is classified as a pregnancy Category C drug. 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 adequately studied in pregnant humans but have caused fetal harm 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 Ultravate, may increase the risk for 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 for topical steroids that are applied to the skin like Ultravate.
While short-term use (a few days) of Ultravate applied to a small area of the body is probably not likely to cause problems, extended use or use over a large area of the body should probably be avoided during pregnancy if possible. In addition, this drug is a highly potent steroid. It is probably better for pregnant women to try a less potent steroid first.
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