Popular Yeast Infection Drug Linked To Miscarriages
Expectant moms are being warned by the United States Food and Drug Administration to steer clear of a popular drug used to treat yeast infections.
According to the FDA, data that has recently been made available suggests that there is a link between oral use of fluconazole (brand name Diflucan) by pregnant women and miscarriages. The data cited by the FDA is based on a Danish study, which was conducted by researchers who examined the medical records of women who took the drug during the initial 22 weeks of pregnancy. Researchers found that these women faced a higher risk of miscarriage when compared to moms who did not.
“Healthcare professionals should be aware that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines recommend only using topical antifungal products to treat pregnant women with vulvovaginal yeast infections, including for longer periods than usual if these infections persist or recur,” the agency warned. “Patients who are pregnant or actively trying to get pregnant should talk to their healthcare professionals about alternative treatment options for yeast infections.”
The Food and Drug Administration is currently looking into fluconazole, and it’s possible link to miscarriages. In the meantime, doctors are advised to use caution when treating expectant moms for yeast infections.