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  • Controlled studies done on animals in reproduction do not indicate risk to the fetus.
  • No adequate and well-controlled studies done on pregnant women.
FDA Pregnancy Risk Categories

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  • General anesthetic, volatile liquid anesthetic for induction and maintenance of anesthesia.
  • Fetal Risk
    Fetal Risk
  • Not teratogenic in animals but embryotoxic at maternal toxic doses causing increased post implantaion loss.
  • No teratogenic or fetotoxic effects in animals exposed to chronic low doses.
  • No adequate human data.
  • Female personnel and wives of male personnel exposed chronically to low concentrations of inhalation anesthetics of operating room are at increased risk of spontaneous abortions, still births and possibly birth defects.
  • The safety of Desflurane use in labor or delivery is not established, it may supress neonatal respiration.
  • Breast Feeding
    Breast Feeding
  • Unknown passage into milk but because of its rapid elemination from the body, concentration in breast milk is unlikely to be significant after 24 hours of anesthesia.
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