What Are Category A Drugs?

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The pregnancy category of a medication is an assessment of the risk of fetal injury due to the pharmaceutical, if it is used as directed by the mother during pregnancy.

It does not include any risks conferred by pharmaceutical agents or their metabolites in breast milk.

What are Category B drugs?

Category B drugs include prenatal vitamins, acetaminophen and several other medications used routinely and safely during pregnancy. If there is a clinical need for a Category B drug, it is considered safe to use it.

Are Category A drugs safe in pregnancy?

Category A was the safest category of drugs to take. Drugs in Category X were never to be used during pregnancy. In 2015, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) started to implement a new labeling system for drugs.

What are the pregnancy risk categories?

FDA Pregnancy Categories

  • Category A. Adequate and well-controlled studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in the first trimester of pregnancy (and there is no evidence of risk in later trimesters).
  • Category B.
  • Category C.
  • Category D.
  • Category X.

How are drugs classified?

Drug Schedules

Drugs, substances, and certain chemicals used to make drugs are classified into five (5) distinct categories or schedules depending upon the drug’s acceptable medical use and the drug’s abuse or dependency potential.

What does Category A mean in pregnancy?

The pregnancy category of a medication is an assessment of the risk of fetal injury due to the pharmaceutical, if it is used as directed by the mother during pregnancy. It does not include any risks conferred by pharmaceutical agents or their metabolites in breast milk.

What is a Class C drug?

Drug Classifications

Class Drug
B Amphetamines, barbiturates, cannabis, codeine, methylphenidate (Ritalin), synthetic cannabinoids, synthetic cathinones (e.g. mephedrone, methoxetamine), ketamine
C Anabolic steroids, benzodiazepines (diazepam), gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB), gamma-butyrolactone (GBL), piperazines (BZP), khat

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