Amoxicillin is an antibiotic that is safe for use at any stage during pregnancy and is part of the category B drug group, ie the group of drugs where no risk or serious side effects have been observed in pregnant women or the baby.
This antibiotic is part of the family of penicillins, effective against a variety of infections caused by bacteria such as urinary tract infection, pharyngitis, tonsillitis, sinusitis, otitis, pneumonia, among others.
However, it is important to remember that the use of medicines during pregnancy should only be done under medical supervision and if strictly necessary, after careful evaluation of the risk / benefit.
How to take
Amoxicillin in pregnancy should only be used after advice from the doctor and, in addition, its dose and method of use vary according to the type of infection and the needs of each person.
In general, the recommended dose is:
Adults: 250 mg, 3 times daily, every 8 hours. If necessary and according to medical indication, this dose may be increased to 500 mg administered 3 times a day every 8 hours.
In some cases, the physician may also indicate the use of Amoxicillin in combination with Clavulonate to potentiate its effect.
Why is amoxicillin safe in pregnancy?
According to the FDA classification, Amoxicillin is at risk B, which means that no side effects have been found in the fetus of animal guinea pigs, although sufficient tests have not been done in women. However, in clinical practice, no changes were found in infants of mothers who have used Amoxicillin under medical supervision during pregnancy.
There are also other antibiotics allowed in pregnancy, which include Cephalexin, Azithromycin or Ceftriaxone, for example, never forget that in order for its use to be safe, medical evaluation is required to indicate any of these medicines.