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Generic Name
Propranolol Hydrochloride
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.
FDA Pregnancy Risk Categories

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  • Non-selective beta-adrenergic blocker for treatment of maternal hyperthyroidism, pheochromocytoma, cardiac disease, hypertension and for fetal tachycardia.
  • Fetal Risk
    Fetal Risk
  • Not teratogenic in animals but embryotoxic at high doses.
  • Crosses human uterus, which is attached to embryo and walls of uterus">placenta, may have oxytocic effect on uterus if used in high doses.
  • No adequate human data in first trimester but siggested possible association with cardiovascular defects and hypospadias.
  • Chronic high doses of the drug in the second and third trimesters, can cause intrauterine growth retardation, fetal bradycardia, non-reactive nst, neonatal beta-blockade, respiratory depression hypoglycemia, hypocalcemia with convulsions, polycythemia, hyperbilirubinemia, thrombocytopenia.
  • Breast Feeding
    Breast Feeding
  • Excreted into milk.
  • Compatible with breast feeding but infants should be closely observed for symptoms of beta-blockade.
  • Other Trade Names
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