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Stendra and Pregnancy

The erectile dysfunction drug Stendra (avanafil) is not approved for use in women. Therefore, it will not likely be given to women who are pregnant. Stendra has not been studied in pregnant women; however, animal studies suggest that this medication may increase the risk for miscarriages, low birth rates, and other problems.

Can Pregnant Women Take Stendra?

Stendra™ (avanafil) is a prescription medication approved to treat men with erectile dysfunction (ED). It is not approved for use in women and may not be safe for use during pregnancy.
 

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. Stendra is classified as a pregnancy Category C medication.
 
Pregnancy Category C is given to medicines that have not been studied in pregnant humans but do appear to cause fetal harm in animal studies. Also, medicines that have not been studied in any pregnant women or animals are automatically given a pregnancy Category C rating.
 
Stendra has not been studied in pregnant women. In animal studies, the drug did not appear to cause birth defects when given during pregnancy. However, Stendra caused a decrease in fetal body weight when given in very high doses to pregnant rats. The medication also increased the risk for miscarriages when given in high doses to pregnant rabbits.
 
It is important to note that animals do not always respond to medicines in the same way that humans do. Therefore, a pregnancy Category C medicine may be given to a pregnant woman if her healthcare provider believes that the benefits to the woman outweigh any possible risks to her unborn child.
 
However, Stendra is not approved for use in women at all. Therefore, it is highly unlikely that a healthcare provider would recommend this drug for use in a pregnant woman.
 
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