Inderal LA and Pregnancy

Research Findings

Studies that were done on pregnant mice and rats showed an increased risk of both temporary and permanent complications to the fetus with Inderal LA. When these same studies were done in rabbits, however, the medication 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 LA on the fetus. There have been individual reports of slowed intrauterine growth, small placentas, and birth defects related to Inderal LA usage 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 LA when pregnant without any problems.

Pregnancy and Inderal LA: Things to Consider

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