Certain UTI medications linked to birth defects

Certain UTI medications linked to birth defects

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) can be problematic for pregnant women and their babies, but so can two antibiotics used to treat these infections, U.S. health officials warn. The antibiotics -- trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (Bactrim) and nitrofurantoin (Macrobid) -- have been linked to a small risk for birth defects in pregnant women when given in the first trimester. Despite the risk, many pregnant women are still getting these antibiotics, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Birth defects associated with these drugs include heart, brain and facial defects," said Elizabeth Ailes, a health scientist at the...

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