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Generic Name
Fentanyl and Droperidol
Trade Name
Risk Category
  • 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.
The risk category is B for Fentanyl.
The risk category will be D for fentanyl if used for prolonged period or in high doses at term.
FDA Pregnancy Risk Categories

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  • narcotic analgesic.
  • Fetal Risk
    Fetal Risk
  • Fentanyl can cause loss of fetal heart rate variability without hypoxia and if used via epidural infusion it can cause neonatal respiratory depression.
  • Droperidol is not teratogenic in animals but may increase the neonatal mortality rate.
  • It crosses human placenta.
  • Inadequate human data but suggested possible association with fetal hypoplasia of righ cerebral hemisphere if used in 1st trimester.
  • Used in labor and cesarean section without maternal and neonatal complications.
  • Breast Feeding
    Breast Feeding
  • Excreted into milk, safe in breast feeding.
  • No data for droperidol.
  • Other Trade Names
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