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If I am pregnant, is it safe to take prednisone?

It may not be safe to take the steroid drug prednisone during pregnancy. Researchers haven't studied this drug adequately in pregnant women, so it should be used during pregnancy only if you and your doctor agree that its potential benefit outweighs its potential risk. Experts say that if you are on high doses of prednisone while you're pregnant, your baby should be carefully watched to make sure that the drug hasn't affected his adrenal glands.

Before you start taking this drug, get your doctor's advice about birth control. If you're taking prednisone and learn that you are pregnant, call your doctor right away.

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