When you’re pregnant, it can be tricky to figure out which medicines are safe to take if birth defects are on your mind. Don’t get us wrong – we’re not anti-medicine here and you should take medicines as your doctor prescribes. When it comes to some antibiotics, though, a major study shows that pregnant moms should ask their doctors for an alternative prescription.
The antibiotics clindamycin, doxycycline, quinolones, macrolides, and penicillin V are associated with higher risks of birth defects, according to a study published on Thursday in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. Canadian researchers studied 139,938 newborns and their moms’ use of prescription medicines from the first trimester…
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