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is it safe to take nitrofurantoin while pregnant or breastfeeding

A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Fein
Specializes in Preventive Medicine
Yes: Nitrofurantoin, or "macrodantin" is our "go-to" antibiotic for bladder infections in pregnancy. Rarely is anyone allergic to it, it is safe in pregna ... Read More

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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Liza Kunz
Dr. Liza Kunz answered
20 years experience in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Maybe: Some doctors avoid Nitrofurantoin in the last weeks of pregnancy because it can increase the risk of hemolytic anemia in newborns.
A female asked:
Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Ask your OB MD: You need to ask your present treating OB MD this question, who will be able to give you the why and what for.
A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience in Infectious Disease
Probably: Nitrofurantoin use may be contraindicated in pregnant patients in whom labor is imminent. Nitrofurantoin is commonly used to treat urinary tract infec ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Fein
Specializes in Preventive Medicine
Yes: Although there are no official studies for "flagyl" in pregnancy, millions of pregnant women have been prescribed this medication for bacterial vagino ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
29 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: While these kinds of drugs do cross the placenta and can damage fetal kidneys, if they are needed to treat a serious infection in the mother then they ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
29 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Safe in pregnancy.: Spectinomycin is not likely to be a first choice drug for treatment of appropriate infections in pregnancy, however it is considered safe for use in p ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kristina McCaughtry
20 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Maybe not.: Oxamniqine is a medication used to treat parasitic infections. The medication is not available in the USA. It is listed as a catagory C medication d ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Deborah Metzger
38 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: Paromomycin is a medication used to treat intestinal parasites. It is classified as pregnancy class c which means that either animal studies show a p ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Weix
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
No!: Quinapril can cause birth defects. Please tell your doctor if you are planning a pregnancy so that you can switch to another medication. None of the a ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Kline
37 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
No: Solodyne is a tetracycline antibiotic commonly used for acne treatment. In pregnancy and nursing it can pass through to the fetus and cause a discolo ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. R. Wayne Inzer
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Unknown: It is a category c drug. Shown harmful in some animal studies, unknown if fully safe in humans. Use with caution, benefits may outweigh risks.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Kramer
35 years experience in Gynecology
No: As a generalization most eye drop medications are safe to use in pregnancy. Consider calling the teratogen hot-line: (800) 532-3749.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
29 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: Yes it is safe.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Fein
Specializes in Preventive Medicine
Yes: Pyridoxine, or vitamin b6, is not only safe to take, but it is an important component of your prenatal vitamin make-up. Pyridoxine is crucial to the ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Kramer
35 years experience in Gynecology
Yes: Yeast infections, vaginitis or in skin folds (under breasts, thigh creases), are common and can be safely treated with medications like micronidazole ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
29 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: Yes it is safe to take. Like all medications try to avoid unless you really need them. Most of the nausea and vomitting of pregnancy resolves by 8 t ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. R. Wayne Inzer
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Maybe not: If is category c, animal studies have shown concerns and though no human problems reported, caution advised.
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Mercer
33 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: Lactobacilli live in the gut. They will not cross the placenta nor be excreted in breast milk.
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
29 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Probably Safe.: Mebendazole is used to treat intestinal parasites such as pinworms, roundworms, hookworms, and whipworms. It can be used, if needed, during pregnancy ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Herold
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
No: Methotrexate should never be used by pregnant or breastfeeding women. It blocks the actions of Folic Acid (a vitamin that all pregnant women should be ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rebecca Gray
13 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: If you have a condition that your doctor thinks Prednisone is necessary to treat, it is safe during pregnancy.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Weix
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: No toxicity was shown in animal studies. The main issues is that it is a radio-graphic contract medium, so the question is what is going to be x-rayed ... Read More
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