Ofloxacin Pregnancy

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Pregnancy of Ofloxacin in details

infoPregnancy is always a special situation where every action or side effect of the drug varies when compared to a situation of a non-pregnant patient. It is not only because the pregnant woman's metabolism differs due to the hormonal and other changes happened to her, but also because every medicine or its metabolite passes to the baby and shows its action there. The only thing is, be cautious, attentive and well supervised when you take any single drug in pregnancy. The interactions can vary in pregnancy, and the dosage may differ as well. Strict supervision of the Physician is mandatory. Now let us know what happens when pregnant woman takes Ofloxacin drug.

Ofloxacin has been assigned to pregnancy category C by the FDA. Animal studies using high doses have revealed evidence of fetotoxicity and teratogenicity. There are no controlled data in human pregnancy. Surveillance studies have not reported an increased risk of major birth defects. However, cartilage damage and arthropathy are reported in immature animals giving rise to concern over effects on bone formation in the developing fetus. Because safer alternatives are available, some experts consider ofloxacin contraindicated during pregnancy, especially during the first trimester. The manufacturer only recommends use of ofloxacin during pregnancy when benefit outweighs risk.

Of 549 cases reported by the European Network of Teratology Information Services involving fluoroquinolone exposure (including ofloxacin), congenital malformations were reported in 4.8%; however, this was not higher than the background rate.

Ofloxacin breastfeeding

infoWhen a drug is taken when the patient is breast feeding, a part of the drug is secreted in her breast milk and is passed to the baby. The dosage of the medicine to mother and baby are different, and many drugs actions are side effects when you take them without a disease, and what if you the baby takes them without a disease? What if the drug is contraindicated in newborns, infants or children? So, breastfeeding is a very alarming situation when the mother is on medications. Ask your Physician or Pediatrician about the effect of the drug on the baby and how much is excreted in breast milk and if it harms the baby! The below information is the Ofloxacin drug mechanism related to breastfeeding.

Ofloxacin is excreted into human milk. Breast milk concentrations approximate maternal serum concentrations. Quinolone-induced cartilage erosion and arthropathies that have been observed in juvenile animals render some concern over its possible toxic effects on the developing joints of nursing infants. Because of the potential for serious adverse reactions in nursing infants, a decision should be made whether to discontinue nursing or discontinue the drug, taking into account the importance of the drug to the mother.

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