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Can antibiotics cause congenital heart defects in my unborn child?
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Dr. Bennett Werner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Possilbly
It depends on the specific drug.

In brief: Possilbly
It depends on the specific drug.
Dr. Bennett Werner
Dr. Bennett Werner
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Dr. Sarosh Batlivala
Pediatrics - Cardiology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Possibly
Each medicine has specific risks in terms of causing birth defects.
Some types--nitrofurantoins (one of multiple examples) which are used for UTIs--have been shown to be associated with fetal heart defects. This does NOT mean there is a direct cause and effect relationship though. Please discuss any specific concerns with your doctor/obstetrician.

In brief: Possibly
Each medicine has specific risks in terms of causing birth defects.
Some types--nitrofurantoins (one of multiple examples) which are used for UTIs--have been shown to be associated with fetal heart defects. This does NOT mean there is a direct cause and effect relationship though. Please discuss any specific concerns with your doctor/obstetrician.
Dr. Sarosh Batlivala
Dr. Sarosh Batlivala
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Dr. Carlen Fifer
Pediatrics
In brief: Likely no
There are a few medications that cause heart defects in the baby when a pregnant mother takes them. Most antibiotics have been studied and do not cause heart defects.
However, it is always important to check with your OB before taking any medications when you are pregnant.

In brief: Likely no
There are a few medications that cause heart defects in the baby when a pregnant mother takes them. Most antibiotics have been studied and do not cause heart defects.
However, it is always important to check with your OB before taking any medications when you are pregnant.
Dr. Carlen Fifer
Dr. Carlen Fifer
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Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine
In brief: Probably not
Each antibiotic should be considered individually.

In brief: Probably not
Each antibiotic should be considered individually.
Dr. Marsha Davis
Dr. Marsha Davis
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