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Does doxycycline taken early in pregnancy cause birth defects?

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Dr. Colton Bradshaw
Specializes in Pediatrics
It has in some cases: Doxycycline is a type of tetracycline. It has been assigned to the pregnancy category d, indicating that animal studies have revealed this can injure the embryo & fetus. Most congenital defects appear to be due to the toxicity of skeletal formation; also injuring tooth development. Some expectant mothers have taken Doxycycline with no ill effects; however, the risk may outweigh the benefit.

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Last updated Jun 25, 2014

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