Canasa and Pregnancy

In animal studies on Canasa and pregnancy, the medication did not cause any problems when given to pregnant rats and rabbits. However, since animals do not always respond to drugs in the same way as humans, healthcare providers will only prescribe Canasa if the benefits outweigh the risks. If you are taking Canasa and pregnancy occurs, your healthcare provider will consider your individual situation before making a recommendation.

Is Canasa Safe During Pregnancy?

Canasa® (mesalamine) is probably safe for pregnant women, although the full risks are not known.

Canasa and Pregnancy Category B

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 B is given to medicines that have not been studied in pregnant humans but that do not appear to cause harm to the fetus in animal studies
When given to pregnant rats and rabbits, Canasa did not cause any problems. However, it is important to note that animals do not always respond to medicines the same way that humans do and that the full risks of using the drug during pregnancy are not known. Therefore, a pregnancy Category B medicine should be given to a pregnant woman only if the healthcare provider believes that the benefits to the mother outweigh any possible risks to the unborn child.

Canasa and Pregnancy: Recommendations

If you are pregnant, or are thinking about becoming pregnant while taking Canasa, let your healthcare provider know. He or she will consider both the benefits and risks of taking the drug during pregnancy before making a recommendation in your particular situation.
Pregnancy and Pain

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