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Azithromycin Pregnancy Category

azithromycin pregnancy category

Key take aways

Having untreated chlamydia during pregnancy can put your baby's health at risk

Chlamydia can cause miscarriages, premature births, and stillbirths, and it can also be passed onto your baby during childbirth

There are antibiotic chlamydia treatments which are safe to take during pregnancy and safe for women breastfeeding after pregnancy

Online Doctor chlamydia treatment is not suitable for pregnant women because they need extra monitoring compared to other patients

If you are pregnant and have been diagnosed with chlamydia, you may be worried about passing the infection on to your baby.

Pregnant women with an untreated chlamydia infection are at a greater risk of developing complications such as a miscarriage, premature birth or stillbirth.

The first thing you should do is discuss your condition with your GP to find out which antibiotic is best for you. In general, azithromycin or amoxicillin (amongst others) are suitable for pregnant women.

Antibiotics: Now Safe in Pregnancy

Whether a pregnant woman could take antibiotics for things like UTIs was up for debate, but a new study says a group of controversial antibiotics are actually OK.

When you're sick during pregnancy, one of the hardest decisions you're faced with is whether you should take medicine—and if so, which ones? Although penicillin has been accepted as safe for unborn babies, the effects of other antibiotics used to treat infections like UTIs—a common affliction of pregnant women—were less certain. But, a new study published in the journal Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety is providing new clarity on some antibiotics whose safety was previously questioned.

How do you treat chlamydia in pregnancy?

STIs, including chlamydia, increase the risk of miscarriage, premature birth and potentially life-threatening ectopic pregnancies (see below).

The first step is to get tested for chlamydia or other STIs to find out if you’ve been infected. Chlamydia treatment is inexpensive and suitable for pregnant women. Please note, that DrEd does not prescribe chlamydia treatment for pregnant women. You need to speak to your GP to discuss treatment options during pregnancy.

Once you have been prescribed a treatment, your GP will recommend that you take another test for chlamydia about three to five weeks later. This is to ensure that your treatment has been effective and your infection has cleared.

Is My Baby safe?

The main risk of chlamydia during pregnancy is that you could transmit the disease to your baby during childbirth. If you get your chlamydia infection treated before delivery, your baby is safe.

Azithromycin Pregnancy Warnings

Animal models given moderately maternally toxic doses have failed to reveal evidence of feto- or teratogenicity. There are no controlled data in human pregnancy.

AU TGA pregnancy category B1: Drugs which have been taken by only a limited number of pregnant women and women of childbearing age, without an increase in the frequency of malformation or other direct or indirect harmful effects on the human fetus having been observed. Studies in animals have not shown evidence of an increased occurrence of fetal damage.

US FDA pregnancy category B: Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women.

Use is not recommended unless clearly needed.

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