Inderal and Pregnancy

Research on Inderal and Pregnancy

Studies that were done in pregnant mice and rats showed an increased risk of both temporary and permanent complications to the fetus. When these same studies were done in rabbits, Inderal showed no negative effects. It is important to note that animals do not always respond to medicines the same way that humans do.
 
Little human research has been done on the effects of Inderal on the fetus. There have been individual reports of slowed intrauterine growth, small placentas, and birth defects related to Inderal use during pregnancy. There have also been reports of a very low heart rate, low blood sugars, and/or decreased breathing in some newborns whose mothers took beta blockers just before or during childbirth. Yet there have been many women over the years who have taken Inderal during pregnancy without any problems.
 

Inderal and Pregnancy: Suggestions

The conflicting animal research, along with sporadic cases of problems with Inderal during pregnancy, is why Inderal has been given a classification of Category C. Inderal could potentially case harm to your unborn child, but the exact risk is not known. This is why, in some situations, your healthcare provider will recommend Inderal during pregnancy and in other situations he or she will not recommend it.
 
Therefore, if you are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant while taking Inderal, you should let your healthcare provider know immediately. He or she will consider both the benefits and risks of using Inderal before making a recommendation for your particular situation. Together, you and your healthcare provider can then decide what is best for you and your child.
 
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