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In pregnancy studies on the active ingredient in Fentora (fentanyl buccal tablets), several problems were reported in the offspring, including delayed tooth emergence, decreased motor activity, and death. If you become pregnant while taking this drug, your healthcare provider will weigh the benefits and potential risks before making a recommendation.
Can Pregnant Women Use Fentora?Fentora® (fentanyl buccal tablets) is a prescription narcotic pain medication approved to treat breakthrough cancer pain (sudden flares of pain that "break through" around-the-clock pain medication) in people with cancer. This medication may not be safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are unknown.
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 taken during pregnancy. Pregnancy Category C is given to medicines that have not been adequately studied in pregnant humans, but do appear to cause harm to the fetus in animal studies.
- Decreased respiration (decreased breathing)
- Changes in behavior, such as irritability, jitteriness, or restlessness
- Excessive or high-pitched crying
- Poor feeding