Is Sabril safe for pregnant or breast-feeding women?

Sabril (vigabatrin) is only recommended for pregnant women if the mother absolutely needs the drug, taking into account the risk for serious side effects. While no human tests have been conducted, animal tests show it may cause birth defects. A mother having a seizure can also pose harm to a developing fetus, so risks and benefits must be carefully weighed. If you get pregnant while taking Sabril, your name may be placed on a registry to record how you and the developing fetus react to the medication. This will help provide future women with information on Sabril and pregnancy. Women who take Sabril should not breast-feed, as the drug does pass through breast milk to a nursing infant. Do not stop taking Sabril unless you are under a doctor's care, as stopping suddenly is dangerous and can increase the severity of seizures.

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