What You Need to Know About Taking Nuvigil While Pregnant

Is Nuvigil safe to take while pregnant?

When women are pregnant, their bodies and the fetuses growing within them are very sensitive. Because of this sensitivity, it is recommended that soon-to-be-moms monitor everything they put in their bodies. Prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs and illegal substances can all impact a growing fetus. For this reason, it is recommended women abstain from using any drugs during their pregnancy. However, this may be very difficult for some women who need prescription medications to function in their daily lives.

Nuvigil is a prescription medication intended to reduce extreme sleepiness due to narcolepsy and other sleeping disorders. It is classified as a stimulant.

If you are currently a Nuvigil patient and become pregnant or are thinking about becoming pregnant, set up a meeting with your doctor as soon as possible. In general, using Nuvigil while pregnant is only recommended if the benefits of the medication outweigh the possible risk. Your doctor will be able to talk with you on this issue and determine whether using Nuvigil while pregnant is right for you and your baby.

If you are currently a Nuvigil patient who becomes pregnant and you want to stop your treatment, schedule a meeting with your doctor to discuss tapering off the medication. By gradually lowering the Nuvigil dose over time, you can avoid withdrawal symptoms associated with Nuvigil.


What You Need to Know About Taking Nuvigil While Pregnant
The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) currently classifies Nuvigil as a Category C medication when it comes to the safety of use during pregnancy. This category indicates there is not enough human research to determine whether Nuvigil is completely safe to use or if it will harm a developing baby.

Because of this lack of research, it is important for pregnant women or women who want to become pregnant to discuss using Nuvigil while pregnant thoroughly with their doctors. You may also want to bring up whether it is safe to use Nuvigil if you are nursing. It is unknown whether negative effects are directly associated with mothers using Nuvigil while they are breastfeeding.

In some animal studies, developmental toxicities such as increased fetal visceral, skeletal variations and decreased fetal body weight have been seen in fetuses who were given high doses of Nuvigil daily. However, this research does not indicate similar problems will occur in human subjects.

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