Haldol and Pregnancy

In animal studies that looked at Haldol and pregnancy, the medication increased the risk of miscarriages, newborn death, and cleft palates. Therefore, the FDA has classified Haldol as a pregnancy Category C medication, which means that it may not be safe for women who are pregnant. However, a healthcare provider may still prescribe Haldol during pregnancy if the benefits to the pregnant woman outweigh any possible risks to the fetus.

Is Haldol Safe During Pregnancy?

Haldol® (haloperidol) may not be safe for women who are pregnant. In previous animal studies that looked at the effects of Haldol during pregnancy, Haldol increased the chances of miscarriage and other problems.
 

Haldol and Pregnancy Category C

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) uses a pregnancy 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 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.
 
When given to pregnant rodents, Haldol increased the risk of miscarriages and newborn death. Haldol also delayed delivery of the newborn rodents. When given to pregnant mice, Haldol increased the risk of a cleft palate.
 
However, it is important to note that animals do not always respond to medicines in the same way that humans do. Therefore, a pregnancy Category C medicine may be given to a pregnant woman if her healthcare provider believes that its benefits to the pregnant woman outweigh any possible risks to her unborn child.
 

Recommendations for Haldol and Pregnancy

If you are taking Haldol and pregnancy occurs (or if you are thinking of becoming pregnant), let your healthcare provider know. He or she will consider both the benefits and risks of taking Haldol during pregnancy before making a recommendation for your particular situation.
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