Solu-Medrol Use In Pregnancy & Lactation





Zuellig Pharma
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Use In Pregnancy & Lactation
Use in Pregnancy: Animal studies have shown that corticosteroids, when administered to the mother at high doses, may cause fetal malformations. However, corticosteroids do not appear to cause congenital anomalies when given to pregnant women. Nevertheless, because the studies in humans cannot rule out the possibility of harm, methylprednisolone sodium succinate should be used during pregnancy only if clearly needed.
Some corticosteroids readily cross the placenta. One retrospective study found an increased incidence of low-birth weights in infants born of mothers receiving corticosteroids. Infants born to mothers, who have received substantial doses of corticosteroids during pregnancy must be carefully observed and evaluated for signs of adrenal insufficiency, although neonatal adrenal insufficiency appears to be rare in infants who were exposed in utero to corticosteroids.
There are no known effects of corticosteroids on labor and delivery.
Cataracts have been observed in infants born to mothers treated with long-term corticosteroids during pregnancy.
Benzyl alcohol can cross the placenta (see Precautions).
Use in Lactation: Corticosteroids are excreted in breast milk.
Corticosteroids distributed into breast milk may suppress growth and interfere with endogenous glucocorticoid production in nursing infants. Since adequate reproductive studies have not been performed in humans with glucocorticoids, these drugs should be administered to nursing mothers the benefits of therapy are judged to outweigh the potential risks to the infant.
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