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Proleukin and Pregnancy

When high doses of Proleukin (aldesleukin) were given to pregnant rats, it appeared to increase the risk of miscarriages and problems in the mother rats. Due to the potential risks, Proleukin is classified as a pregnancy Category C medicine, meaning it may not be safe for use during pregnancy. However, a healthcare provider may prescribe it if the benefits outweigh the risks.

Can Pregnant Women Use Proleukin?

Proleukin® (aldesleukin) is a prescription immunotherapy medication used to treat kidney and skin cancer. This medication 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 used during pregnancy. Proleukin is classified as a pregnancy Category C medication.
 
Pregnancy Category C is given to medicines that have not been adequately studied in pregnant humans but have caused fetal harm in animal studies. In addition, medicines that have not been studied in any pregnant women or animals are automatically given a pregnancy Category C rating.
 
In animal studies, Proleukin appeared to cause miscarriages when it was given to pregnant rats at very high doses. The doses were high enough to cause problems in the mother rats. Proleukin has not been adequately studied in pregnant humans.
 
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 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. Because kidney and skin cancer can be life-threatening, the use of Proleukin may outweigh the risks if safer treatments are not an option.
 
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