PREGNANCY: Adequate studies of salmeterol during pregnancy have not been done. In some, but not all, pregnant animal models exposure to very high doses of oral salmeterol has led to offspring with birth defects. The concentrations of salmeterol in the blood after these very high doses, however, were much higher than the concentrations observed after inhalation. Salmeterol inhalation should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus.
NURSING MOTHERS: In rats, salmeterol is excreted in milk. Therefore, caution should be exercised when salmeterol is administered to nursing women.
Medically reviewed by Eni Williams, PharmD
Reference: FDA Prescribing Information
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