Babies born to women who use certain types of antibiotics while pregnant may be at an increased risk of major congenital malformations, according to a study published in the British Journal of Pharmacology. Other types of antibiotics, however, were not associated with these types of birth defects. The antibiotics of concern include clindamycin, doxycycline, quinolones, macrolides and phenoxymethylpenicillin. Exposure to amoxicillin, cephalosporins, and nitrofurantion did not show this risk. Researchers from the University of Montreal launched the study to better understand the link between gestational antibiotic exposure and major congenital malformations. Using the Quebec pregnancy cohort consisting of nearly 400,000 ... Read More
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