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Zithromax and pregnancy

03/30/2007

Question:

WOULD THERE BE ANY COMPLICATIONS OR BIRTH DEFECTS ASSOCIATED WITH TAKING ZITHROMAX DURING THE FIRST WEEKS OF PREGNANCY? AND IF YES DO YOU KNOW WHICH ONES THEY WOULD BE?

THANK YOU.

Answer:

Azithromycin (Zithromax) is an antibiotic that has been given a pregnancy category B, which means that animal studies have been performed with the drug with no evidence of harm to the fetus. There have not been adequate well controlled studies conducted on pregnant women to confirm its safety in humans. But, pregnant women have taken the drug in studies during their first trimester and have gone on to deliver normal, healthy babies.

Submitted by Eric Waginger, PharmD candidate, University of Cincinnati

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Response by:

Jan Scaglione, MT, PharmD, D.ABAT
Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati