We all know those pesky yeast infections are even more common during pregnancy, but doctors who typically treat the fungal infection with fluconazole (brand name Diflucan) are being told that might not be such a good idea for expectant mothers.
According to a new study the Food and Drug Administration announced last week it will begin reviewing, miscarriages and stillbirths can be linked to fluconazole. In 2011, the FDA determined that long-term high-dose usage (400 to 800mg per day) of the anti-fungal pill was associated with birth defects in infants. But this recent research shows that even lower doses, just 150mg, can lead to miscarriages.
"Women who are trying to become pregnant or who are pregnant should avoid fluconazole. For these women, a topical medicine is the preferred treatment," Jennifer Wu, an obstetrician and gynecologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, advised once the study was out.
In the meantime, the FDA is still looking into the matter and suggests doctors and patients to report any adverse events involving fluconazole to the FDA MedWatch Program.