Brisdelle and Pregnancy
As mentioned, Brisdelle is approved to treat hot flashes that occur due to menopause. Hot flashes due to menopause do not occur during pregnancy. Therefore, this drug would not be needed to treat a pregnant woman. Because of this, and because Brisdelle can harm an unborn child, the medication should not be used by pregnant women.
As mentioned, Brisdelle contains paroxetine, which is the same active ingredient in several antidepressant medications, including Pexeva® (paroxetine mesylate), Paxil® (paroxetine), and Paxil CR® (paroxetine controlled release). These medicines may be used in pregnant women with very severe depression that cannot be adequately treated with other antidepressants.
Lastly, please remember that until you have fully gone through menopause, you may still become pregnant. Until your healthcare provider gives you the "green light" to stop using your birth control, it is wise to keep using it, especially while taking this medication.
If you are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant, let your healthcare provider know before taking Brisdelle. He or she will consider the benefits and risks before making a recommendation in your particular situation.