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Antibiotics Prescribed to Pregnant Women Are Potentially Unsafe

Antibiotic PregnantPregnancy is a beautiful experience filled with some of life’s most amazing moments: hearing the first heartbeat and feeling the kicks. Of course, these memorable moments often are accompanied by a myriad of not-so-pleasant side effects, like heartburn, nausea, and ailments like urinary tract infections.

Mothers today rejoice that we live in a medical era where a doctor can prescribe medication to make those unpleasant moments subside. Unfortunately, however, some of the specified antibiotics have been shown to have costly side effects, thus resulting in unnecessary birth injuries.

Why Antibiotics are Necessary

The antibiotics in question treat urinary tract infections, which commonly arise during the first trimester of pregnancy. Approximately 8 percent of pregnant women are diagnosed with a UTI while much more develop bacteria in their urine, known as “asymptomatic bacteriuria,” which later becomes an infection. Damage is possible to both the developing fetus and the mother if left untreated. Possible results include:

  • Premature birth;
  • Low birth weight;
  • Death of child; and
  • Kidney infections for the mother.
Do not use These Antibiotics

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) announced in 2011 that two specific antibiotics should not be used, except when there is no other alternative such as an allergy. Not all antibiotics are created equally, enabling each one to treat a unique set of symptoms and ailments. The two classifications of medicines to avoid are sulfonamides and nitrofurantoin because they have a high correlation with congenital disabilities like brain malformations, heart defects, and cleft lips and palates.

In January 2018, a study showed that more than four-in-ten women are still being prescribed antibiotics known to be unsafe for their child, despite the announcement years ago. Be cautious when prescribed the following prescription medications:

  • Sulphonamides, known as “sulpha drugs,” treating bacterial infections like UTI, bronchitis, eye or ear infections or pneumonia, including Gantrisin, Bactrim, Septra, Sulfadiazine, Azulfidine, and Zonegran; and
  • Nitrofurantoin specifically used to UTI, include Macrobid, Furadantin, and Macrodantin.
Fight Back

If a doctor prescribed you or a loved one antibiotics to treat a bacterial infection while pregnant, and injury to either your child or yourself resulted, a Santa Clara County, CA medical malpractice lawyer could help. Corsiglia McMahon & Allard, L.L.P. has extensive experience with cases like yours. Hold the negligent parties responsible and get the compensation you deserve. Call (408) 289-1417 today to schedule your free initial consultation.

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