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I have always been under the impression that we should not be applying Salicylic acid to patients when they are pregnant or breast-feeding. However I have no evidence-base for this.
A pregnant patient of mine is desperate for me to use Sal. acid on her VPs as she has had so much success previously with it. She refuses cryo or any other more suitable treatments.
Same patient wants to sign a consent form so that I will use the Sal. acid whilst she's pregnant and beyond. Where would I stand legally on this? You can see why I need to be sure about the dangers (or otherwise) of Salicylic acid during this time.
Salicylic acid is classed as Group C risk classification for use during pregnancy - this means Either studies in animals have revealed adverse effects on the fetus (teratogenic or embryocidal or other) and there are no controlled studies in women, or studies in women and animals are not available. Drugs should be given only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus. ... ie Safety for use during pregnancy has not been established.
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