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The FDA has given a pregnancy Category B rating to Adcirca (tadalafil), which means that it is probably safe for use in pregnant women. Giving large doses of this drug to pregnant rats and rabbits did not appear to cause any problems in the offspring. However, your healthcare provider should only prescribe Adcirca if the benefits outweigh the risks.

Can I Take Adcirca When Pregnant?

Adcirca™ (tadalafil) is a prescription medication used to improve the ability to exercise in people with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Based on the results of animal studies, Adcirca is probably safe for use during pregnancy.

What Is Pregnancy Category B?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) uses a pregnancy category system to classify the possible risks to a fetus when a specific medicine is taken during pregnancy. Pregnancy Category B is given to medicines that have not been adequately studied in pregnant humans, but do not appear to cause harm to the fetus in animal studies.
Also, medications that have been shown to be safe for use in pregnancy in humans (but have caused problems in laboratory animals) are also given a Category B rating.
The FDA has classified Adcirca as a pregnancy Category B medication. In animal studies, giving very high doses of Adcirca to pregnant rats and rabbits did not cause problems in the offspring. However, there are no studies of Adcirca use in pregnant women.
It is important to note that animals do not always respond to medicines in the same way that humans do. Therefore, a pregnancy Category B medicine may be given to a pregnant woman if the healthcare provider believes that the benefits to the pregnant woman outweigh any possible risks to the unborn child.

Final Thoughts

If you are pregnant or are thinking about becoming pregnant, let your healthcare provider know before taking Adcirca. He or she will consider the benefits and risks of Adcirca before making a recommendation in your particular situation.
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