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Fabior and Pregnancy

Women of childbearing potential must follow strict instructions to avoid pregnancy while using Fabior (tazarotene foam). As a pregnancy Category X medication, Fabior can cause birth defects and other dangerous problems if used by a pregnant woman. Therefore, women must have a negative pregnancy test before starting this drug and use an effective form of birth control throughout treatment.

Can Pregnant Women Use Fabior?

Fabior® (tazarotene foam) is a prescription acne medication that is applied directly on the skin. Based on the results of animal studies, it may present some risks to the fetus when used during pregnancy, although the full risks are currently unknown.

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 used during pregnancy. Fabior is classified as a pregnancy Category X medication.
Pregnancy Category X is given to medicines that show problems to the fetus in animal studies or in human use of the medication. With this category, the potential risks clearly outweigh the possible benefits.
Fabior is a retinoid, and retinoid medications are known to cause birth defects and other problems. When tazarotene (the active ingredient in Fabior) was given to pregnant animals, it caused a variety of serious birth defects and other problems, such as:
Although Fabior has not been systematically studied in pregnant women, nine women became pregnant while taking other tazarotene medications during clinical studies. One woman chose to have an elective abortion for unrelated reasons, but the other eight women gave birth to normal children.
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