Is Amoxicillin Safe During Pregnancy?

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Amoxicillin is a prescription drug used to fight off infections and bacteria. This drug is FDA approved and is often used for long periods of time, usually between 5 and 10 days. No drugs are completely safe during a pregnancy, but some prescription drugs have more dangers than others. Amoxicillin is rated as "B" grade by the FDA, since a few studies have shown that it can have a negative effect on the fetus.

  • Only your doctor can tell you if amoxicillin is safe for you and your unborn child. Not all ailments will require you to take amoxicillin. The only time this drug will be prescribed is if you have a bacterial infection.

  • Tell your doctor about your concerns, complaints and symptoms. Your doctor will then be able to determine if the risks associated with taking an antibiotic outweigh the risks to the unborn child. Sometimes the illness must be treated or it could be worse for the unborn child than amoxicillin.

  • Determine how far along you are in your pregnancy, what your allergies are and whether or not you have a high-risk pregnancy. Your healthcare provider may not give you an antibiotic or amoxicillin after the 36 weeks of pregnancy, because it could potentially destroy some of a fetus's red blood cells if taken within days of delivery.

  • Make the appointment with your doctor to find out if amoxicillin is right for you and your baby during your pregnancy. It is the healthiest option available to you and your baby.

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