Is it safe to take Zidovudine while pregnant or breasfeeding?
Zidovudine is classed as Pregnancy Category C by the FDA. This means it is not yet known whether this medication can be harmful for an unborn baby. However, HIV medications are usually given to pregnant women when clearly needed and the risks and benefits have been thoroughly weighed up. Treatment with this medication has also been shown to decrease the risk of HIV transmission to the baby.
Women who are HIV-positive and/ or under treatment with Zidovudine should not breastfeed. Even if a baby is born without HIV, the virus can still be passed on through breast milk.