Lanoxin and Pregnancy

Because Lanoxin (digoxin) has not been studied in pregnant women, it is unclear if the drug is completely safe for women who are expecting. According to the manufacturer, this medication should only be given during pregnancy if it is clearly needed. Your healthcare provider can provide information about the benefits and risks of using Lanoxin in your particular situation.

Can Pregnant Women Take Lanoxin?

Lanoxin® (digoxin) is a prescription medication licensed to treat heart failure and a type of heart arrhythmia called atrial fibrillation. At this time, it is unknown if Lanoxin is safe for use 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 did 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.
 
Lanoxin has not been studied in pregnant women or animals. Therefore, there is no information available about the effects of Lanoxin on a developing fetus. The manufacturer recommends that the medication be given to pregnant women only if clearly needed.
 

Final Thoughts

If you are pregnant or are thinking about becoming pregnant, let your healthcare provider know. He or she will consider the benefits and risks of taking Lanoxin during pregnancy before making a recommendation in your particular situation.
 
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