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Due to the risk of serious problems, Jalyn (dutasteride/tamsulosin) should not be taken by women who are expecting. Jalyn is only approved for men, so there is no reason for women to even use this drug. Also, because this medicine can be absorbed through the skin, pregnant women should not even touch a Jalyn capsule.

Can I Take Jalyn When Pregnant?

Jalyn™ (dutasteride/tamsulosin) is a combination of two BPH medicines -- dutasteride (Avodart®) and tamsulosin (Flomax®). Based on animal studies that looked at the effects of the components of Jalyn during pregnancy, this medication is very dangerous for women who are pregnant or may become pregnant. Jalyn is classified as a pregnancy Category X medication based on its potential risks to the fetus.

What Is Pregnancy Category X?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) uses a pregnancy category system to classify the possible risks to a fetus when a specific medicine is taken during pregnancy. Pregnancy Category X is given to medicines that show problems to the fetus in animal studies or in human use of the medication. With this category, the potential risks clearly outweigh the potential benefits.
Human clinical trials have never been performed, as it would be unethical to give Jalyn to pregnant women. However, the problems Jalyn might cause are known based on how it works and studies done in rats, rabbits, and monkeys. The use of a pregnancy Category X medicine during pregnancy is not recommended.
This drug should not be used in women who are pregnant or may become pregnant. In fact, women who are or may be pregnant should not even touch Jalyn capsules at all, as the medication may be absorbed through the skin.
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