BenzaClin and Pregnancy
The FDA has classified BenzaClin (clindamycin/benzoyl peroxide) as a pregnancy Category C medication, which means it may not be safe for women who are expecting. Although one of the active ingredients in this acne medication is generally considered safe for use in pregnant women, all of the potential risks of BenzaClin use during pregnancy cannot yet be ruled out.
Can Pregnant Women Use BenzaClin?BenzaClin® (clindamycin/benzoyl peroxide) is a prescription skin medication approved to treat acne. It combines two active medicines: benzoyl peroxide and clindamycin. Based on the results from some animal studies and because it is a topical medicine, BenzaClin may be safe for use during pregnancy. However, the full risks are still unknown at this time.
What Is Pregnancy Category C?BenzaClin is classified as a pregnancy Category C drug. 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 C is given to medicines that have not been adequately studied in pregnant humans but have caused fetal harm in animal studies.
In addition, medicines that have not been studied in any pregnant women or animals are automatically given a pregnancy Category C rating.
BenzaClin itself has not been studied in pregnant women or animals, and neither has benzoyl peroxide, one of the active ingredients in the medicine. Clindamycin, the other active ingredient in the medicine, did not appear to cause birth defects or other problems in the offspring when given to pregnant rats and mice.
When used by itself, clindamycin is considered a pregnancy Category B medicine. Pregnancy Category B is given to medicines that have not been adequately studied in pregnant humans but do not appear to cause fetal harm in animal studies. In fact, clindamycin is often used to treat certain bacterial infections during pregnancy.
Even though only a small amount of BenzaClin is expected to be absorbed through the skin with normal use, all potential risks to an unborn child cannot yet be ruled out.
Using BenzaClin to treat acne during pregnancy may not outweigh the possible risks. If you desire acne treatment during pregnancy, ask your healthcare provider for suggestions on safe and effective acne treatment strategies for pregnant women.