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Qoliana and Pregnancy

Even though Qoliana comes as an eye drop, some of the medication is absorbed into the bloodstream and could affect a developing fetus. However, when high doses of the active ingredient were given to pregnant animals, it did not appear to cause problems. Before prescribing Qoliana to a pregnant woman, a healthcare provider will weigh the benefits and potential risks.

Can Pregnant Women Use Qoliana?

Qoliana® (brimonidine tartrate) is a type of alpha agonist eye medication approved for the treatment of high eye pressure and open angle glaucoma. At this time, it appears that this medication is relatively safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are currently unknown.
It is important to understand that even though Qoliana is an eye drop, some of the medication reaches the bloodstream and could affect a developing fetus. In many cases, however, the benefits of using this medicine in the mother outweigh the minimal risks to the fetus.

What Is Pregnancy Category B?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) uses a category system to classify the possible risks to a fetus when a specific medicine is taken during pregnancy. Qoliana is classified as a pregnancy Category B medication.
Pregnancy Category B is given to medicines that have not been adequately studied in pregnant humans but do not appear to cause harm to the fetus in animal studies. Medications that have been shown to be safe for use in pregnant women but have caused problems in laboratory animals are also given a Category B rating.
In research studies, giving large doses of brimonidine (the active ingredient in Qoliana) to pregnant rats and rabbits did not appear to cause any problems.
However, it is important to note that animals do not always respond to medicines in the same way that humans do. Therefore, a pregnancy Category B medicine, including Qoliana, should be given to a pregnant woman only if the healthcare provider believes that the benefits to the woman outweigh any possible risks to her unborn child.
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