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Clinical studies have shown that steroids, including Olux (clobetasol propionate foam), can increase the risk for birth defects when used during pregnancy. Although Olux is applied to the skin, it may still cause problems. If your healthcare provider recommends using this medicine while pregnant, it should only be used at the lowest effective dose for the shortest period of time needed.
Can Pregnant Women Use Olux?Olux® (clobetasol propionate foam) is a prescription topical steroid approved for treating various skin conditions. Based on information currently available, it is unclear if the drug is safe for use during pregnancy. As with most medications, 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?Olux 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 Olux, may increase the risk for birth defects. Similar problems might also occur in humans, although the risk is probably smaller for topical steroids that are applied to the skin like Olux.
While short-term use (a few days) of Olux 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. In addition, because Olux is a highly potent steroid, it is probably more suitable for a pregnant woman to try a less potent steroid first.