Antibiotics and Pregnancy
However not always it is possible to overcome the disease without taking antibiotics. Moreover there are cases when without antibiotic treatment the illness may be more dangerous and harmful for the unborn child than exposing him to antibiotics.
So for a woman being pregnant it is very important to prescribe the right medication and in a safe dosage.
It was scientifically proven that antibiotics of penicillin group as amoxicillin, ampicillin, do not create any risk to the baby's health when taking during pregnancy. Also cephalosporins (such as cephalexin), and erythromycin are considered to be safe for the fetus.
However it is crucial to know that the safety of particular antibiotics depends not on the drug's characteristic only. The important factors are the dosage, how long you take antibiotic drugs and in what trimester of pregnancy.
Still there are antibiotics which are totally forbidden during pregnancy. It is streptomycin (used to treat tuberculosis), that can cause hearing loss in your unborn child, and tetracycline (including minocycline, oxytetracycline, and doxycycline), used to treat respiratory infections and acne. If you take tetracycline in the second or third trimester of the pregnancy, it may discolor your developing baby's teeth.
Also there are certain antibiotics which doctors have some doubts on and usually are cautious in the use of these medications during pregnancy. A recent study found an association between two classes of antibiotics generally used to treat urinary tract infections - nitrofuran derivatives and sulfonamides - and rare birth defects. Although there's no direct proof that these antibiotics cause birth defects, additional research should be fulfilled. Here it is important to know that if you are taken Macrodantin or Macrobid to prevent the spread of bacteria in your kidneys, you should stop taking these medications at about 36 weeks (or immediately if you go into premature delivery).
So if antibiotics are the only one way for you to recover, in no case adjust the prescription by yourself! Get immediately in contact with your doctor, take the necessary tests and be sure he will prescribe the safest, most appropriate antibiotic and in a safe dosage for your case.
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