Crestor and Pregnancy

Women should avoid using Crestor while pregnant because the drug has been classified as a pregnancy Category X medicine. Medications in this category can cause harm to an unborn child. If you are taking this drug and are thinking about becoming pregnant, be sure to discuss Crestor and pregnancy issues with your doctor or pharmacist first.

Using Crestor During Pregnancy: An Overview

Crestor® (rosuvastatin calcium) is an FDA pregnancy Category X medicine, meaning that it could potentially cause harm to an unborn child. Therefore, Crestor is not recommended for women who are pregnant. If you are taking Crestor and become pregnant, or are thinking about becoming pregnant, talk to your healthcare provider immediately.
 

Crestor and Pregnancy Category X

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) uses a pregnancy category system to classify the possible risks to a fetus when specific medicines are taken during pregnancy. Pregnancy Category X is the classification for medicines that have harmed the fetus in pregnant animal studies or in humans that take the medicine. The use of a Category X medicine during pregnancy is not recommended.
 
When Crestor was given to pregnant rats, decreased pup survival, decrease fetal weights in females, and delayed bone formation occurred. Crestor has not been systematically studied in humans, but there have been reports of birth defects due to other similar medications in humans.
 

Suggestions for Crestor and Pregnancy

The effects of high cholesterol do not cause problems for many years or even decades. Therefore, if a woman does not take Crestor or other cholesterol medications during pregnancy, it will likely have only a minimal impact on her long-term risks. Since Crestor offers little benefit and a very real risk during pregnancy, your healthcare provider will recommend that you do not take Crestor while pregnant. If you are thinking of becoming pregnant while on this medication, please be sure to discuss Crestor and pregnancy issues with your healthcare provider first.
 
 
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