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Is amyl nitrite safe for women who are pregnant?

Amyl nitrite has not been studied in pregnant animals or pregnant women. Amyl nitrite causes a drop in blood pressure when it relaxes smooth muscles in arteries and veins. So, it can potentially harm the fetus. Therefore, pregnant women should not use amyl nitrite unless clearly needed. If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, talk to your doctor before taking amyl nitrite.

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