Provigil and pregnancy

Provigil has the characteristic of stimulating the Central Nervous System (CNS). Provigil is a controlled substance, meaning that it has potential of abuse. Moreover, Provigil is prescribed for treating disorders such as sleep apnea. The drug helps the user to stay awake. The sleepiness is overcome by using this medicine. For prescribing and buying Provigil, there are special rules, regulations and procedures. This drug should not be sold without prescription and it should not be purchased without prescription. This drug is meant for oral administration only. It should be used for only legitimate reasons. With all these restrictions in force, now we are going to see how pregnant women are going to be benefited with this drug.

Till date it is not clear if pregnant women can use Provigil safely. However, it is believed that treating pregnant women with Provigil can cause pregnancy problems as the unborn baby is exposed to this medication. The clinical studies indicate that Provigil increased the risk of miscarriages. Provigil also caused birth defects when pregnant rabbits and rats were given this drug. If you are a pregnant woman, you should not start Provigil, and if it becomes inevitable, consult your doctor before starting. If you are already on Provigil and the pregnancy has occurred, you should inform your doctor immediately. This condition is mostly possible in unplanned pregnancies. As discussed above, the animal studies suggest that Provigil is not safe for pregnant women.

The Food and Drug Administration in the United States uses a category system and classifies the possible risks a fetus is prone to, when certain medicines are taken during pregnancy. The category C of pregnancy is given to drugs which have not been studied with pregnant women, and it seems they have harmful effects on the fetus in animals. Moreover, drugs which have not been studied in pregnant women of category C or animals are also getting rated automatically as pregnancy category C. As seen above, rats and rabbits have suffered miscarriages and birth defects when given Provigil during their pregnancy. At the same time, it is also true that animals do not respond always to medicines as experienced with humans. It is therefore a logical conclusion that a pregnant woman can be given a medicine of pregnancy category C, if her doctor believes that the benefits of the medicine outweigh the risks caused by that medicine to the unborn baby. If you do not want pregnancy and if you are planning to take birth control pills, you should consult your doctor, as Provigil can make the contraceptives ineffective and lead to pregnancy. In a nutshell, if you are pregnant or desire to have a planned pregnancy while you are on Provigil, inform your doctor about your condition or plan. Your doctor will weigh the pros and cons of your case before making a recommendation in your specific situation.

The manufacturer of Provigil warns that this drug should be used with caution in breastfeeding women. You should therefore inform your doctor if you are breastfeeding or planning to breastfeed, if you are prescribed Provigil. It is not known if the medication passes through breast milk, but precaution is necessary as this can cause side effects in their nursing infants, if they are on Provigil. These women should watch for any side effects and bring it to the attention of their healthcare providers.

Conclusively, pregnant women should have themselves educated on the benefits and risks involved in having a pregnancy while on Provigil or in starting Provigil while they are pregnant. They should discuss with their doctors freely on their present condition, seek their advice and act accordingly, so that their innocent children will not become the victims for having taken Provigil during pregnancy.