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Animal studies have shown that steroids, including Cutivate Cream (fluticasone propionate cream), may increase the risk for birth defects, poor fetal growth, and reduced survival rates in fetuses. Although it is unknown if similar problems would occur in humans, it is probably best for pregnant women to avoid using Cutivate Cream over a large area for extended periods of time.
Can Pregnant Women Use Cutivate Cream?Cutivate Cream® (fluticasone propionate cream) is a prescription topical steroid approved for treating a variety of different skin conditions in adults, as well as children as young as three months old. At this time, it is unclear if the drug is safe for use during pregnancy. As with most steroids, it should be used only if necessary, at the lowest effective dose, and for the shortest possible time during pregnancy.
What Is Pregnancy Category C?Cutivate Cream is classified as a pregnancy Category C drug. 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 have caused fetal harm in animal studies.
In addition, medicines that have not been studied in any pregnant women or animals are automatically given a pregnancy Category C rating.
Animal studies have shown that steroids, including Cutivate Cream, may increase the risk for birth defects (such as cleft palate) and may cause other problems, such as poor fetal growth or decreased survival. Similar problems might also occur in humans, although the risk is probably smaller for topical steroids that are applied to the skin like Cutivate Cream.
While short-term use (a few days) of Cutivate Cream applied to a small area of the body is probably not likely to cause problems, extended use or use over a large area of the body should probably be avoided during pregnancy if possible.