Cardizem CD and Pregnancy

At this time, it is not known whether Cardizem CD is safe for pregnant women. In animal studies on Cardizem CD and pregnancy, the medication increased birth defects and miscarriages when it was given to pregnant rabbits, rats, and mice. Due to these potential problems, healthcare providers should only prescribe Cardizem CD to pregnant women if the benefits outweigh any possible risks.

Cardizem CD and Pregnancy: An Overview

Cardizem CD® (diltiazem hydrochloride) may not be safe for pregnant women. This is based on animal studies that looked at the effects of the drug during pregnancy.

Cardizem CD and 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 that do appear to cause harm to the fetus in animal studies. Also, medicines that have not been studied in any pregnant women or animals are automatically given a pregnancy Category C rating.
Cardizem CD was given a pregnancy Category C rating because of the potential problems seen in animal studies. When given to pregnant rabbits, mice, and rats, the drug caused increased miscarriages and birth defects (especially skeletal problems).
However, it is important to note that animals do not always respond to medicines the same way that humans do. Therefore, a pregnancy Category C medicine may be given to a pregnant woman if a healthcare provider believes that the benefits to the woman outweigh any possible risks to the unborn child.

Cardizem CD and Pregnancy: Final Thoughts

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