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Doctor insights on: Doxycycline Birth Defects

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Does doxycycline taken early in pregnancy cause birth defects?

Does doxycycline taken early in pregnancy cause birth defects?

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. Read more

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Abnormalites that are present at birth. Also known as birth defects. For example- cleft palate is a congenital abnormalities. Another example congenital heart disease is the presence of a ...Read more


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Can doxycycline and tetracycline taken in first five weeks of pregnancy cause birth defects?

Can doxycycline and tetracycline taken in first five weeks of pregnancy cause birth defects?

MEDS IN PREGNANCY: Both Doxycycline and tetracycline fall in pregnancy safety category-d. It means: there is positive evidence of human fetal risk, but the potential benefits from the use of the drug in pregnant women may be acceptable despite its potential ricks (e.g. If the drug is needed in life threatening situation or for a serious disease for which safer drugs can't be used or are ineffective). Read more

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I have been taking doxycycline for a couple of months to treat acne. I think I am pregnant. Can this cause birth defects?

I have been taking doxycycline for a couple of months to treat acne. I think I am pregnant. Can this cause birth defects?

Contraindications: Doxycycline is contraindicated in pregnancy. It is category D - life threatening. I'll advise that you stop the med immediately if you are pregnant and follow up with your physician. Good health. Read more

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I took tetracycline 500 mg 5 tablets and doxycycline 100mg 4tablets off and on until my 5th wk of pregnancy. Would it cause birth defects.

I took tetracycline 500 mg 5 tablets and doxycycline 100mg 4tablets off and on until my 5th wk of pregnancy. Would it cause birth defects.

YES: Tetracycline can cause fetal toxicity when given to pregnant women. Fetal bone and teeth accumulation. In general, reports of exposure have been limited to short durations of therapy in the first trimester. Tetracycline may discolor fetal teeth following maternal use during pregnancy; the specific teeth involved and the portion of the tooth affected depends on the timing and duration of exposure. Read more

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Can I drink reed's extra ginger brew (26mg fresh ginger) in 1st trimester? I have been for m/s, but read too much ginger can cause birth defects & m/c

Can I drink reed's extra ginger brew (26mg fresh ginger) in 1st trimester? I have been for m/s, but read too much ginger can cause birth defects & m/c

Safe in moderation: It is wise to be cautious re: the use of all herbs in the 1st trimester ; yes, too much ginger may be harmful. Research shows up to 1000 mg a day in divided doses is safe ; effective so the 26 mg in reed's ginger brew is quite safe. However, it has lots of sugar so consider making fresh ginger tea with honey to sweeten it. See http://www. Drweil. Com/drw/u/qaa400749/avoid-ginger-while-pregnant. Html. Read more

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Can I drink ginger beer (26 grams- not mg- fresh ginger) in 1st trimester? I have been for m/s, but read too much ginger can cause birth defects & m/

Can I drink ginger beer (26 grams- not mg- fresh ginger) in 1st trimester? I have been for m/s, but read too much ginger can cause birth defects & m/

Ginger Beer.: Ginger Beer - Although historically a fermented alcoholic drink – Ginger beer is usually sold as a soft drink in this time & age. However, some brands do still contain alcohol. Avoid alcohol during pregnancy. In general, adults should not take more than 4 grams of ginger daily -- from all sources.
REF: http://www. Livestrong. Com/article/504737-how-much-raw-ginger-can-you-eat/ Read more

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Describe the concept of a birth defect.?

Describe the concept of a birth defect.?

Abnormal tissue Form: In simplistic terms a bd might be considered any abnormality found in a baby at birth. A better, more specific idea is a failure of a tissue or structure to form properly in fetal development. (cleft palate). A "disruption" can create a bd -loss of fingers to amnionic bands. Chromasome defects lead to several bd's like heart defects. Read more

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What leads to most birth defects?

What leads to most birth defects?

Alcohol: The avoidable agent best known for producing a variety of birth defects is alcohol.The spectrum of defects varies considerably with the amount consumed during pregnancy.The most involved are born to alcoholic mothers while as few as 2 drinks a day has a a significant risk. Defects vary from decreased intellect, heart, skeletal, facial and numerous other features., . Read more

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Why are birth defects are on the rise?

Environment: Although some birth defects are inherited others come from harmful environmental factors, and others are a result from complex interaction of genes and environmental factors. In about 50% of the cases the causes are unknown. Some birth defects can be prevented by not drinking or smoking or using street drugs during pregnancy. Talk to a healthcare provider about medications you are taking as well Read more

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What causes a baby to have birth defects?

Birth defect causes: 1- genetic; either inherited from parents or just random chance (new mutation) 2- Infection; toxo, herpes, varciella, syphilis, rubella, etc 3- environmental factors; like radiation 4 - Medications Read more

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What's the percentage that have birth defects?

What's the percentage that have birth defects?

3 to 4 %: The comprehensive NIH study of 50, 000 pregnancies with infants followed up to the age of 7 years revealed approximately 3 to 4 % major birth defects in the neonatal period (not including genetic disorders like cystic fibrosis), defined as a condition requiring surgery, causing a significant cosmetic problem, or a significant functional problem. By age 7 years, the percentage of affected was 7% Read more

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Which birth defects are the most problematic to fix?

Which birth defects are the most problematic to fix?

Varies: That varies tremendously. Some are minor and don't need fixing. Some are very severe and can't be fixed at all. Many are in between; they might not be completely fixable, but the right doctor might be able to make the problem considerably better. Read more

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Is ADHD considered a birth defect?

Is ADHD considered a birth defect?

ADHD is not a defect: ADHD is not considered a birth defect. It is a variation in brain anatomy and chemistry that is actually fairly common. Many people with ADHD have relatives who also have it and a genetic link has been found in many cases. Read more

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Can depo-provera lead to birth defects?

No: Most studies do not demonstrate any teratogenic effects (birth defects) from exposure to depo-provera during pregnancy. Read more

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What birth defects accompany wilms' tumor?

What birth defects accompany wilms' tumor?

Many can: Wilms' tumor (a childhood kidney cancer) can be a part of other congenital syndromes such as wagr syndrome, denys-drash syndrome, and beckwith-wiedemann syndrome. Other accompanying birth defects can include lacking the colored part of the eye, ambiguous genitalia, intellectual disability, large birth size, large tongue, intestinal malformation, and large eyes. Wilms' tumor can also occur alone. Read more

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Do x-rays in pregnancy cause birth defects?

Do x-rays in pregnancy cause birth defects?

No: The small dose of radiation in x-rays do not cause birth defects. In fact, most diagnostic imaging studies do not expose the fetus to enough radiation to cause birth defects. It is still prudent to shield the pelvis and abdomen in any case if the imaging needs to be done and the area to be imaged does not include where the baby is. Read more

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Are heart murmurs classified as birth defects?

Are heart murmurs classified as birth defects?

No: Murmurs that are not caused by an abnormality are common. They are called "functional murmurs", and are of no concern whatsoever. Read more

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How can folate (folic acid) prevent birth defects?

How can folate (folic acid) prevent birth defects?

Very important: Folate (folic acid) is used by the developing fetus in the formation of the nervous system and spinal cord. If the fetus does not receive enough folate, (folic acid) it is at risk for defects such as spina bifida, or anencephaly (no head). Read more

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Child with club foot at risk for other birth defects?

Child with club foot at risk for other birth defects?

No: Club feet are due to unusual position in uterus and leads to deformity. It may associated with other positional deformity;but no other chromosome abnormality. Read more

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