Urinary tract infections in pregnancy

Monica Lee, Pina Bozzo, Adrienne Einarson, Gideon Koren

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QUESTION: My pregnant patients often present with urinary tract infections. Are the medications commonly used for the management of urinary tract infections safe to use during pregnancy? ANSWER: Existing data indicate that exposure to penicillins, cephalosporins, fluoroquinolones, nitrofurantoin, or phenazopyridine during pregnancy is not associated with increased risk of fetal malformations. Trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole should be avoided, if possible, during the first trimester of pregnancy because of the antifolate effect associated with neural tube defects.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)853-854
Number of pages2
JournalCanadian Family Physician
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2008


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