Lovastatin and Pregnancy

Lovastatin is classified as a pregnancy Category X medication, which means that it poses a significant threat to the fetus. Based on what is known about lovastatin and pregnancy, the medication is not recommended for use in pregnant women.

Can I Take Lovastatin While Pregnant?

Lovastatin (Mevacor®) is a pregnancy Category X medicine, meaning that it could potentially cause harm to your unborn child. Therefore, this medication is not recommended for women who are pregnant. If you are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant, talk to your healthcare provider right away.

What Is Pregnancy Category X?

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 X is the classification given to medicines that show problems to the fetus in animal studies or in humans who have taken the medicine. The use of a Category X medicine during pregnancy is not recommended.

Final Thoughts

The effects of high cholesterol do not cause problems for many years, or even decades. Therefore, if a woman does not take cholesterol medicine during pregnancy, it likely will have little impact on any long-term risks. Since there is little benefit and a very real risk during pregnancy, your healthcare provider will recommend that you not take lovastatin while pregnant. For those women thinking of becoming pregnant, please make sure that you discuss lovastatin and pregnancy with your healthcare provider.
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