Univasc and Pregnancy

Because of the potential risks, it is generally recommended that pregnant women avoid Univasc (moexipril hydrochloride). The FDA has classified this medication as a pregnancy Category C drug during the first trimester and a Category D drug during the second and third trimesters. In the extremely rare event that this medication must be used during pregnancy, extra monitoring would be required.

I'm Pregnant -- Can I Take Univasc?

Univasc® (moexipril hydrochloride) is a prescription medication used in the treatment of hypertension (high blood pressure). It belongs to a class of drugs called angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors, or ACE inhibitors for short. This medication is not recommended for use during pregnancy, because it can pose serious risks to an unborn child.

Univasc and Pregnancy Categories C and D

Univasc is classified as a pregnancy Category C drug when used in the first trimester and a pregnancy Category D drug when used during the second or third trimesters.
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 did appear to cause harm to the fetus in animal studies.
In addition, medicines that have not been studied in any pregnant women or animals are automatically given a pregnancy Category C rating.
Pregnancy Category D is a classification given to medicines that have been shown to present a risk to the fetus in studies of pregnant women but may still offer benefits that outweigh the risks the drug presents. A pregnancy Category D medicine may still be given to a pregnant woman if the healthcare provider believes that the benefits to the woman outweigh the possible risks to the unborn child.
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Univasc Medication Information

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