Clobetasol propionate is a Category C Pregnancy, meaning there is no human data available on the drug, but in animal studies, adverse effects have been reported. For this reason, it is critical that you discuss the potential risks of using clobetasol propionate if you are pregnant, think you may be pregnant, or wish to become pregnant.
The FDA states that clobetasol propionate should only be used during pregnancy if the potential benefits to the mother justify the potential risks to the developing baby. Always talk with your physician about using this medication before, during, and after pregnancy to ensure safety for you and your baby.
Clobetasol Propionate, Labor and Delivery
There are no studies determining the specific effects of clobetasol propionate cream on human pregnancy, labor or delivery. Therefore, speak with your prescribing physician about potential risks of using this medication during pregnancy.
Can clobetasol propionate cause birth defects?
The FDA states that clobetasol propionate has more teratogenic potential than other steroids that are less potent. This means that clobetasol propionate, which is more potent than some steroids, has more potential to disturb the development of the embryo or fetus during pregnancy.
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Clobetasol Propionate and Lactation
According to the FDA, while it is not entirely clear whether or not corticosteroids can be excreted in human milk if topically administered, these drugs can be excreted in human milk when systemically administered. When systemically administered, corticosteroids can suppress growth. Therefore, it is advised to only take clobetasol propionate during breastfeeding if absolutely necessary and if your prescribing physician determines the potential benefit to you outweighs the potential risk to your breastfeeding baby.
Clobetasol Propionate and Fertility
Although there is no data on the effect clobetasol propionate has on human fertility, the FDA states that in rat studies, there were no effects on mating or fertility of the rat offspring. Still, it is critical to discuss potential risks with your prescribing physician if you plan to become pregnant.