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Forum Name: Obstetrics
Question: Metronidazole (Flagyl) during conception
|mvsp - Tue Feb 17, 2009 11:28 am||
Hi, I was taking Metronidazole for bacterial vaginitis DURING conception and for the following week. I have read that it is most dangerous during the first few weeks of pregnancy. I'm trying to decide whether to keep the pregnancy or not and possible effects are important in my decision.
|Debbie Miller, RN - Thu Mar 05, 2009 2:39 pm||
Be careful about what you read. Often data is incomplete, biased or just plain outdated. OTIS (Organization of Teratology Information Specialists) who are experts when it comes to safety in pregnancy has said this:
This is consistent with my information and experience. In actuality there are very few drugs that have actually been found to cause defects, especially among the legal substances, even in the early days following conception. The scare comes from the unknown since actual scientific studies are not performed on pregnant women. However, after many thousands of women have had such exposures, the teratology organizations that study this are able to reassure us that relatively few pose a threat. Also, animal studies have never been a good indicator of the effects on humans. Besides, they are exposed to doses much higher than would ever be prescribed to women.
This would not be a reason for terminating a pregnancy.
I hope this helps. Best wishes.
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