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Veregen and Pregnancy

When Veregen (sinecatechins) was given to pregnant animals, it appeared to increase the risk for low fetal weights, delayed bone development, and other problems. Due to the potential risks, this drug has been classified as a pregnancy Category C medication. This means that Veregen should only be used when the benefits to the mother outweigh the risks to the unborn child.

Can Pregnant Women Use Veregen?

Veregen® (sinecatechins) is a prescription medication used to treat external genital warts and perianal warts. It is unclear if this medication is safe for use during pregnancy, as the full risks are currently 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. Veregen is classified as a pregnancy Category C medicine.
 
Pregnancy Category C is given to medicines that have not been studied in pregnant humans but do appear to cause harm to the fetus in animal studies. Also, medicines that have not been studied in any pregnant women or animals are automatically given a pregnancy Category C rating.
 
When given to pregnant rats and rabbits by mouth, by vaginal application, or by injection under the skin, a few problems occurred. Giving the drug as an injection under the skin appeared to cause lower fetal weights and delayed bone development in fetal rabbits, although this was due to side effects (decreased food intake) in the mother rabbits. Giving high doses of Veregen to pregnant rats increased the risk of maternal death and stillbirth due to birth complications. 
 
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.
 
Keep in mind that Veregen is made from green tea leaves. Drinking a 400-mL serving of green tea, which is less than two cups, would expose the baby to more of the active ingredient in Veregen, compared to normal skin use of the drug.
 
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