(Closed) Azithromycin and Pregnancy

posted 5 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I don’t have much advice/info to help… but if your concerned just call to double check with your doctor.

That said, I was really sick at the beginning of the month and got prescribed the same thing and my doctor didn’t ask if I was pregnant… I’m not, but I would think if it was something really harmful they would ask just to be safe.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@tnbellebee:  Maybe they just meant it’s not something that’s typically prescribed for head colds and your husband took what they said as they don’t typically give it to pregnant ladies; this is typically the first line treatment for community-acquired pneumonia.  If you’re concerned they should have someone on-call in the off hours to answer your questions.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I was prescribed this about a month ago by my doctor, I was 5 months pregnant at the time. Pretty much the same situation, I started with a head cold that moved to my chest and wouldn’t go away.  The Doctor prescribed a 5 day course of the antibiotic to get me over it.  He said it was the safest option for an antibiotic when pregnant, and that the risk of taking 5 days worth of it harming the baby was sooooooooooo sooooo soooooo much smaller then the risks that go with pnemonia, chest/sinus infections etc. I haven’t had any issues from it so far, and I’m due in April.  

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@tnbellebee:  No problem.  I was worried about it at the time too, but the Dr was really nice and explained all the stuff that could happen if I didn’t take the antibiotics and got sicker which helped to put it in perspective for me.  Your OB/Dr has your health history and had yours and your babys best interests at heart.  I wouldn’t let a 2nd hand comment from a pharmacist who wasn’t familiar with your case worry you too much.  Like a PP said you don’t know exactly what the pharm. said, but you do know your Dr is doing his best to take care of you.  

Post # 10
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Busy bee

Dont worry! Check with your doctor first though, but most likely it’s the right medicine. As my doctor kept telling me, it’s better to chance taking the medicine than harming the baby even worse (and harming yourseslf) by not taking it. I took antibiotics twice that the pharmacist told me not to take while pregnant. I freaked out. But just had an ultrasound and everything was fine!

Double check with your doctor and take care of yourself and baby!

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

“I am allergic to penicillin, so I’m assuming that is why this was prescribed. I just called the pharmacist at another pharmacy who assured me that an OB would have prescribed me something safe, and that it was much worse to let bronchitis (which is what I believe this has started to turn into) go untreated.”

@tnbellebee:  To clear some of your misconceptions up…. Pencillin is not used to treat head colds, bronchitis, pneumonia (sometimes in young children but they usually use amoxilcillin)  etc. Patients in your age group (adult) get azithromycin to treat for possible atypical bacteria that can cause pneumonia. Also, most adults who are normally healthy do not need antibiotics for BRONCHITIS. It is ususally caused by a virus (Rhinovirus)… in contrary patients with pneumonia are treated with antibiotics because it’s usually bacterial. 

Azithromycin is pretty safe during pregnancy and I have given it to my patients who were pregnant. Your OBGYN probably gave you the antibiotics because you’ve been having symptoms for a while now or your symptoms were worsening. My best advice would try to remain healthy the rest of your pregnancy (duh). Drink lots of fluids, rest, and wash your hands religiously. 

 

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