Multaq and Pregnancy

In animal studies on pregnancy and Multaq (dronedarone), the medication caused a number of birth defects when it was given to pregnant rabbits and rats. Due to the potential risk of birth defects, it is recommended that all women of childbearing age use effective birth control while taking the drug. If you are taking this medication and pregnancy occurs, contact your healthcare provider immediately.

Is Taking Multaq While Pregnant Safe?

Multaq® (dronedarone) is a prescription arrhythmia medication approved to treat atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter. Based on the results of animal studies, it is recommended that pregnant women avoid taking this medication.
 

Pregnancy Category X

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) uses a pregnancy category system to classify the possible risks to a fetus when a specific medicine is taken during pregnancy. Pregnancy Category X is given to medicines that show problems to the fetus in animal studies or in human use of the medication. With this category, the potential risks clearly outweigh the potential benefits.
 
This medication was given a pregnancy Category X rating due to problems seen in animal studies. Giving pregnant rabbits and rats normal (or even below-normal) doses of Multaq resulted in a wide range of different birth defects.
 
Because of the risk of birth defects, it is recommended that all women of childbearing potential use effective birth control while taking Multaq.
 

Final Thoughts

If you take Multaq and are thinking about becoming pregnant, let your healthcare provider know. He or she will help you switch to a safer medication. If you discover that you are pregnant while you are taking Multaq, please see your healthcare provider right away.
 
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