Can Pregnant Women Use Abreva?
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treatment. The manufacturer of the drug recommends that pregnant women consult their healthcare providers before taking it.
What Is Pregnancy Category B?
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 B is given to medicines that have not been thoroughly studied in pregnant humans but that do not appear to cause harm to the fetus in animal studies. Pregnancy Category B is also given to medications that caused problems in animal studies but have been shown to be safe for humans.
Studies of Abreva in pregnant animals did not cause any problems. However, the drug has not been studied in pregnant women, and it is important to keep in mind that animals and humans do not always respond to drugs in the same way.
Abreva and Pregnancy: Final Thoughts
If you are pregnant, it is always a good idea to ask your healthcare provider before taking any medication (including nonprescription products). The two of you can consider the possible risks and benefits of using Abreva in your particular situation, as well as alternative treatments.