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The FDA has classified Enbrel as a pregnancy Category B medication, meaning that the medicine does not appear to cause harm to the fetus in animal studies. However, animals do not always respond to medicines in the same way that humans do, and the full risks of taking the drug during pregnancy are not known. Therefore, talk to your healthcare provider about your particular situation.

I'm Pregnant -- Can I Take Enbrel?

Enbrel® (etanercept) is generally considered safe for women who are expecting. This conclusion is based on animal studies that looked at the effects of the drug during pregnancy.

What Is Pregnancy Category B?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) uses a category system to classify the possible risks to a fetus when a specific medicine is taken during pregnancy. Pregnancy Category B is given to medicines that have not been studied in pregnant humans but that do not appear to cause harm to the fetus in animal studies.
It is important to note that animals do not always respond to medicines in the same way that humans do. Therefore, a pregnancy Category B medicine may be given to a pregnant woman only if the healthcare provider believes that the benefits to the woman outweigh any possible risks to the unborn child.
There is a registry for women who take Enbrel during pregnancy. This registry collects information about these women, along with information about the health of their babies. In the future, this information will be used to determine if the drug is safe for pregnant women. Ask your healthcare provider if you would like to participate in this registry.

Final Thoughts

If you are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant, let your healthcare provider know. Your healthcare provider will consider the benefits and the risks of taking this medicine during pregnancy before making an Enbrel recommendation in your particular situation.
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