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Pregnant, Have painful urination. Taking citralka and levofloxacin. Will it harm the fetus? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 08-Jun-2013
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Practicing since : 2002
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User:26 years old, pregnant woman
User:in 33 weeks
User:Can i ask pregnant related query?
Doctor:Please proceed.
User:while passing urine i used to feel pain, so i consulted a local doctor, she asked me to undergo urine culture test
User:test was positive. so she asked me take citrakala and levofloxacin 500
User:i heard levofloxacin 500 is antibiotic
User:would this affect my fetus?
User:she has asked me to take this tabled daily once
Doctor:Medical drugs are classified into variety of groups depending on its safety and side effects.
Doctor:As far as levofloxacin is concerned, there are no human studies / animal studies that proves toxic effects to the fetus.
User:Thank you so much!
Doctor:However as prolong use of this drug can cause some bone and cartilage damage it is not routinely prescribed in all cases.
Doctor:Since the urine revealed infection and presence of urinary tract infection can cause far much damage such as premature rupture of membranes, early labour, preterm delivery and infection to the fetus;
Doctor:it is appropriate that you take the antibiotics as suggested by your doctor.
User:damage to mother or fetus?
Doctor:The cartilage and bone damage can occur in both, but as the growth plate of fetus is not yet formed such effects can cause more damages to the fetus.
Doctor:That being said, let me assure you again.
Doctor:The cartilage and bone damages are believed to occur by some experts, however such events are not proved convincingly by studies.
User:Thanks for your answer.
Doctor:Considering the serious damages that infection can cause, the use of antibiotics are considered safe at this point.
Doctor:Hope it is clear to you.
Doctor:If you have any doubts, I will be glad to clarify.
User:That's all. bye.
Doctor:Thanks for consulting me.
Doctor:Bye for now.
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