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Generic Name
Ergocalciferol
Trade Name
Ergocalciferol
Risk Category
C
  • Studies on animals show adverse effect and toxicity on fetus.
  • No adequate and well controlled studies done on pregnant women.
  • Drugs should be given only if the potential benefit outweighs the potential risk to the fetus.
FDA Pregnancy Risk Categories

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Indication
Indication
  • Fat soluble vitamin.
  • The recommended dietary allowance (rda) in pregnancy is 400 IU.
  • Fetal Risk
    Fetal Risk
  • High doses are teratogenic in animals, no adequate data in human pregnancy but reported association between high doses and supravalvular aortic stenosis syndrome and idiopathic hypercalcemia of infancy.
  • Features of the syndrome: elfin facies, mental and growth retardation, strabismus, enamel defect, craniosynostosis, inguinal hernia, cryptorchidism in males, early development of secondary sexual characteristics in females, supravalvular aortic and pulmonary stenosis.
  • Severe maternal vitamin D defeciency is associated with osteomalacia, decreased weight gain and pelvic deformities, in the fetus: decreased fetal growth, neonatal hypocalcemia with convulsions, neonatal rickets and defective tooth enamel.
  • Breast Feeding
    Breast Feeding
  • Excreted into milk.
  • The rda in lactation is 400 IU.
  • Safe in breast feeding, but supplementation is required only for mothers with poor nutritional supply or if infant has sufficient sunlight exposure, but infant's serum calcium levels should be monitored because chronic maternal intake of high doses can cause hypercalcemia in nursing infants.
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