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Ximino and Pregnancy

As a pregnancy Category D drug, Ximino can cause fetal harm and generally should not be taken during pregnancy. The risks of using this drug during pregnancy, such as an increased risk of birth defects, usually outweigh the benefits of clearing up acne. If you are pregnant and considering acne treatment, talk to your healthcare provider about your options.

Can Pregnant Women Take Ximino?

Ximino™ (minocycline hydrochloride) is a prescription medication used to treat the red, pus-filled pimples caused by moderate-to-severe acne. Ximino should generally not be used during pregnancy because the potential risks to the fetus outweigh the benefits of improved acne.
 

What Is Pregnancy Category D?

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. Ximino is classified as a pregnancy Category D medicine.
 
Pregnancy Category D is a classification given to medicines that have been shown to present a risk to the fetus in studies of pregnant women but may still offer benefits that outweigh the risks the drug presents. A pregnancy Category D medicine may still be given to a pregnant woman if her healthcare provider believes that the benefits to the woman outweigh the possible risks to her unborn child.
 
There have been reports of birth defects, such as missing or reduced size of arms and legs, in the offspring of women who took minocycline (the active ingredient of Ximino) during pregnancy. It is unclear, however, if these defects were due to minocycline or something else.
 
If taken during the period of tooth development, which occurs from the second half of pregnancy through the age of eight, Ximino may cause permanent tooth discoloration. The discoloration leads to teeth that are a yellow-gray-brown color. Cases of insufficient amounts of tooth enamel have also been reported.
 
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