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Mavenclad

Mavenclad Use In Pregnancy & Lactation

cladribine

Manufacturer:

Merck

Distributor:

Zuellig Pharma
Full Prescribing Info
Use In Pregnancy & Lactation
Contraception in males and females: Before initiation of treatment both in year 1 and year 2, women of childbearing potential and males who could potentially father a child should be counselled regarding the potential for serious risk to the foetus and the need for effective contraception.
In women of childbearing potential, pregnancy must be excluded before the initiation of MAVENCLAD in year 1 and year 2, and prevented by use of effective contraception during cladribine treatment and for at least 6 months after the last dose. Women using systemically acting hormonal contraceptives should add a barrier method during cladribine treatment and for at least 4 weeks after the last dose in each treatment year (see Interactions). Women who become pregnant under therapy with MAVENCLAD should discontinue treatment.
As cladribine interferes with DNA synthesis, adverse effects on human gametogenesis could be expected (see Pharmacology: Toxicology: Preclinical safety data under Actions). Therefore, male patients must take precautions to prevent pregnancy of their partner during cladribine treatment and for at least 6 months after the last dose in each treatment year.
Pregnancy: Based on human experience with other substances inhibiting DNA synthesis, cladribine could cause congenital malformations when administered during pregnancy. Studies in animals have shown reproductive toxicity (see Pharmacology: Toxicology: Preclinical safety data under Actions).
MAVENCLAD is contraindicated in pregnant women (see Contraindications).
Breast-feeding: It is not known whether cladribine is excreted in human milk. Because of the potential for serious adverse reactions in breast-fed infants, breast-feeding is contraindicated during treatment with MAVENCLAD and for 1 week after the last dose (see Contraindications).
Fertility: In mice, there were no effects on fertility or the reproductive function of offspring. However, testicular effects were observed in mice and monkeys (see Pharmacology: Toxicology: Preclinical safety data under Actions).
As cladribine interferes with DNA synthesis, adverse effects on human gametogenesis could be expected. Therefore, male patients must take precautions to prevent pregnancy of their partner during cladribine treatment and for at least 6 months after the last dose (see as previously mentioned).
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