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There is no legitimate medical reason for a pregnant woman to use Alora. Pregnancy problems and birth defects may not occur, but pregnant women should avoid the medication because the full risks are not known at this time. If you are using Alora and pregnancy occurs, notify your healthcare provider immediately to discuss the potential risks.
Alora® (estradiol patch) is a prescription estrogen hormone replacement medication. Pregnant women should not use Alora patches. There is no legitimate medical reason for pregnant women to use estrogen medications, including Alora.
It is important to understand that estrogens (such as that in Alora) are not effective for preventing miscarriages or other problems during pregnancy.
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 X is given to medications that should not be used during pregnancy in any circumstance, usually due to serious problems that could occur, such as birth defects or miscarriages. With these medications, the possible risks always outweigh the potential benefits for pregnant women.
Although Alora is a Category X medication, it does not appear to increase the risk of birth defects or other problems. However, because there is no accepted, legitimate medical reason for pregnant women to use the drug, and because the risks are not fully understood, it should not be used during pregnancy.
Alora is not approved for any use in pregnant women. If you unintentionally used Alora for awhile before realizing you were pregnant, it will probably not cause any problems, although you should discuss this with your healthcare provider. If you think you may be pregnant, you should contact your healthcare provider for further instructions.