Wellbutrin and Pregnancy
The FDA has classified Wellbutrin as a pregnancy Category C medication, which means that it did appear to cause harm to the fetus in previous animal studies. When Wellbutrin was given to pregnant rabbits, there was an increased risk of birth defects and lower fetal weights. However, a pregnant woman may still take Wellbutrin if its benefits outweigh the risks to her unborn child. If you are taking Wellbutrin and pregnancy occurs, be sure to tell your healthcare provider.
Wellbutrin and Pregnancy: An OverviewWellbutrin® (bupropion hydrochloride) is a pregnancy Category C medicine, meaning that it could potentially cause harm to your unborn child.
Wellbutrin and Pregnancy Category CThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) uses a pregnancy 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 show side effects to the fetus in animal studies, but for which no adequate human studies in pregnant women have been done. A pregnancy Category C medicine may still be given to a pregnant woman if her healthcare provider believes that its benefits outweigh the possible risks to her unborn child.
During previous animal studies in which Wellbutrin was given to pregnant rabbits, there was an increased risk of birth defects and lower fetal weights. In humans, preliminary studies suggest that Wellbutrin may not cause any problems during pregnancy.
It is important to note that depression in the mother may also not be healthy for a baby. Therefore, Wellbutrin may be given to a pregnant woman if her healthcare provider believes that its benefits outweigh any possible risks to her unborn child.