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Veltin and Pregnancy

Based on animal studies, the FDA has classified Veltin (clindamycin/tretinoin gel) as a pregnancy Category C medication, which means it may not be safe for women who are expecting. Veltin contains a retinoid, which is a type of drug that is known to cause birth defects. Therefore, you may want to avoid the medication during pregnancy, especially the first trimester.

I'm Pregnant -- Can I Use Veltin?

Veltin™ (clindamycin/tretinoin gel) is a prescription skin medication used for the treatment of acne. There is some concern that this medication may pose a risk to a developing fetus, particularly if the drug is used during the first trimester.
 

What Is Pregnancy Category C?

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 studied in pregnant humans but do appear to cause harm to the fetus 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.
 
Veltin contains two different active ingredients: clindamycin and tretinoin. Clindamycin is not thought to present any significant risk to a developing fetus. However, there are concerns with tretinoin.
 
Animal studies have shown that tretinoin can cause birth defects. Because little of the tretinoin is absorbed into the body when Veltin is used appropriately, it is not predicted that typical use of this medication poses a significant risk to the fetus.
 
However, because the benefits of this medication are largely cosmetic, any risk -- however small -- probably outweighs the possible benefits. Thus, it is probably best to avoid use of this drug during pregnancy, particularly during the first trimester, when birth defects typically develop.
 
Despite the concerns, women who inadvertently used Veltin during early pregnancy, before realizing they were pregnant, can be assured that the risk of any problems occurring is probably quite small.
 
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