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Is vascepa safe for pregnant women?

Vascepa is a prescription medication used to treat high levels of triglycerides in the blood. The active ingredient in Vascepa is icosapent ethyl [1]. According to the FDA, Vascepa is classified as a pregnancy category C drug, which means that animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus, but there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans [2]. The FDA advises that Vascepa should only be used during pregnancy if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus [2]. According to, it is not known whether Vascepa passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby [3]. Therefore, it is important for pregnant women to consult with their healthcare provider before taking Vascepa.


Follow-up:   What are the risks of Vascepa during pregnancy? Can Vascepa be taken during breastfeeding? Are there any alternative options to Vascepa for pregnant women?

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