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Verdeso and Pregnancy

When steroids like Verdeso (desonide foam) were given to pregnant animals, it increased the risk for birth defects, poor fetal growth, and reduced survival rates. Although it is unknown if these problems would occur also in humans, it is probably best to avoid using Verdeso over a large area for an extended period while pregnant.

Can Pregnant Women Use Verdeso?

Verdeso® (desonide foam) is a prescription topical steroid approved for treating atopic dermatitis in people age three months old and older. Based on information currently available, it is unclear if the drug is safe for use during pregnancy. As with most medications, Verdeso should be used only if necessary, at the lowest effective dose, and for the shortest possible time during pregnancy.

What Is Pregnancy Category C?

Verdeso 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 Verdeso, 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 Verdeso.
While short-term use (a few days) of Verdeso 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.
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