Anturol and Pregnancy
In animal studies, the active ingredient in Anturol did not appear to increase the risk for birth defects, miscarriages, or any other problems. Therefore, the FDA classified Anturol as a pregnancy Category B medicine, meaning it is probably safe for use in pregnancy. However, because not all of the risks are currently known, talk to your doctor before using this drug while pregnant.
Can Pregnant Women Use Anturol?Anturol® (oxybutynin gel) is a prescription skin gel approved to treat an overactive bladder. Based on the results of animal studies, this medication is probably safe for use in pregnancy, although the full risks are currently unknown.
Keep in mind that bladder issues, such as leaking urine when coughing or sneezing or needing to urinate frequently, are quite common during pregnancy and do not usually need to be treated.
What Is Pregnancy Category B?Anturol is classified as a pregnancy Category B drug. 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 B is given to medicines that have not been adequately studied in pregnant humans but do not appear to cause fetal harm in animal studies. 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.
In studies, giving oxybutynin (the active ingredient of Anturol) to pregnant animals did not increase the risk for birth defects, miscarriages, or any other problems. However, 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 should be given to a pregnant woman only if her healthcare provider believes that the benefits to the woman outweigh any possible risks to her unborn child.