A recent study of pregnant women who used the anti-HIV medication Tivicay (dolutegravir) found a risk of spina bifida and other neural tube birth defects in the brain, spine, and spinal cord.
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What is the problem?
Preliminary findings from an ongoing study in Botswana found that HIV-positive women who took dolutegravir were more likely to have a baby with a neural tube birth defect if they used the medication just before getting pregnant, or early during their first trimester.
Tivicay Birth Defects
Tivicay has been linked to spina bifida and other neural tube birth defects. These birth defects occur in the first few weeks of fetal development, when the spinal column fails to fuse together. The baby is often born with severe disabilities, paralysis, or brain defects.
What is Tivicay?
Tivicay® is an anti-HIV medication that contains dolutegravir. IT works by blocking the HIV virus from infecting cells, which reduces the amount of HIV in the body. It is manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline. The FDA approved Tivicay in August 2013 in the U.S.
FDA Warning for Tivicay Birth Defects
May 18, 2018 — The FDA issued a Safety Communication to warn that serious birth defects involving the brain, spine, and spinal cord have been reported in babies who were born to women who took dolutegravir.
The FDA is recommending that women of childbearing age should take birth control or use another HIV medication to avoid birth defects.
The FDA is also urging women who are pregnant to switch to a different HIV medication that does not contain dolutegravir.
“Neural tube defects happen early in pregnancy, before many women even know they are pregnant. For this reason, women of childbearing age should talk to their health care professional about other non-dolutegravir-containing antiretroviral medicines.”
Neural Tube Birth Defects
The most common neural tube birth defect is spina bidia. This birth defect occurs when amniotic fluid in the womb causes nerve damage to the spina cord and paralysis of the legs.
Types of Neural Tube Birth Defects
- Spina bifida
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