Have anyone taking this medication while 9 months pregnant?
Fluconazole is a prescription antifungal medication approved to treat vaginal yeast infections as well as several more serious fungal infections. It is also approved to prevent certain fungal infections in specific situations. Based on the results of animal studies and a few reports of problems in humans, Diflucan may not be safe for use in pregnant women.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) uses a category system to classify the possible risks to a fetus when a specific medicine is taken during pregnancy. Pregnancy Category C is given to medicines that have not been studied in pregnant humans but that do appear to cause harm to the fetus in animal studies. Also, medicines that have not been studied in any pregnant women or animals are automatically given a pregnancy Category C rating.
There have been a few reports of multiple, serious birth defects in infants whose mothers took Diflucan in early pregnancy (usually high doses for an extended period of time). Because the birth defects were distinctive and similar in these cases, it is assumed that the medication probably caused the defects. However, statistics generally do indicate that short-term use (such as the single dose used to treat vaginal yeast infections) does not seem to cause such problems.
A pregnancy Category C medicine may be given to a pregnant woman if the doctor believes that the benefits to the woman outweigh any possible risks to the unborn child. When treating a vaginal yeast infection, the risks the medication presents to the fetus almost always outweigh the benefits, and a different medication should be chosen. However, for more serious infections, Diflucan may be appropriate during pregnancy.
For more details it would be recommended to seek medical attention form your gynecologist, be well & safe, take care.
- Fluconazole Information for Consumers
- Fluconazole Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Fluconazole (detailed)
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