Naftin and Pregnancy

When Naftin (naftifine) was given to pregnant animals, it did not appear to increase the risk for miscarriages, birth defects, or other problems. Although no studies have been done using this drug in pregnant women, it appears that Naftin is probably safe for use during pregnancy. However, make sure to talk to your healthcare provider about the risks in your particular situation.

Can Pregnant Women Use Naftin?

Naftin® (naftifine) is a prescription skin medication used for the treatment of ringworm, jock itch, and athlete's foot. Based on the results of animal studies, this medication appears to be safe for use during pregnancy.
 

What Is Pregnancy Category B?

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. Naftin is classified as a pregnancy Category B medication.
 
Pregnancy Category B is given to medicines that have not been adequately studied in pregnant humans but do not appear to cause fetal harm in animal studies.
 
Naftin has not been studied at all in pregnant women. However, in animal studies, the drug did not cause birth defects, miscarriages, or other problems. That information, paired with the fact that little of the drug is absorbed into the skin, suggests (but does not prove) that Naftin is probably safe for use during pregnancy.
 

Final Thoughts

If you are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant, let your healthcare provider know before using Naftin. He or she will consider the benefits and risks before making a recommendation in your particular situation. If you are struggling with a fungal infection during pregnancy, ask your healthcare provider for suggestions on safe and effective treatment strategies.
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