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Is Cefspan Safe To Take During Pregnancy?

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Posted on Wed, 19 Oct 2016
Question: Hi there, I am half way through my 7th week of pregnancy and I feel the symptoms of a UTI! I am quite prone to it and had it on and off for a year previously so am quite familiar with the symptoms. I did however have a urine test/culture and that came completely clear. My gynae has told me to take cefspan 400 mg for 7 days once a day, however I'm a little scared. What do you recommend? Is it safe to take this antibiotic at this point? I sat on the pot all morning due to the tingly feeling but am a bit better now. Drinking lots of water and I generally drink a lot of water so a little skeptic about why this is happening. Do you think if I do take the antibiotic I can do a 3 day course instead?
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Answered by Dr. Sameer Kumar (47 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
cefspan is not recommended at all...please don't take.

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Thanks for the query to HCM,
EFSPAN is a category C drug for pregnancy and is not recommended during first trimester at all as this may increase chances of malformations. You may instead take a urine alkaliniser 2 tablespoon twice a day for 5 days and this would be safe in pregnancy. As the urine culture is negative there is no need for antibiotics at all. You may continue taking increased water and also can take a glass of cranberry juice daily which shall help treating UTI sooner.
Regards
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Nagamani Ng
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Follow up: Dr. Sameer Kumar (47 minutes later)
Where can I get a urine alkaliniser from? Do they go by a formal name? Is there something I can google please?

Thank you for your response.
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Answered by Dr. Sameer Kumar (33 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Answered

Detailed Answer:
You May Get it as an OTC. You may try brands like Syrup K-Lyte, K-Lyte DS, Urocit-K, Twin-K. There are many with different brand names available.
I hope this helps.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Veerisetty Shyamkumar
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Follow up: Dr. Sameer Kumar (3 hours later)
Thanks, I will look into it as soon as possible. Last question is that, is augmention safe during the 7th week? as that was another option

With regards
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Answered by Dr. Sameer Kumar (34 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Answered

Detailed Answer:
AUGMENTIN IS NOT BUT amoxycillin is safe in pregnancy. But again in first trimester all antibiotics are to be avoided unless direly required.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Is Cefspan Safe To Take During Pregnancy?

Brief Answer: cefspan is not recommended at all...please don't take. Detailed Answer: Hello, Thanks for the query to HCM, EFSPAN is a category C drug for pregnancy and is not recommended during first trimester at all as this may increase chances of malformations. You may instead take a urine alkaliniser 2 tablespoon twice a day for 5 days and this would be safe in pregnancy. As the urine culture is negative there is no need for antibiotics at all. You may continue taking increased water and also can take a glass of cranberry juice daily which shall help treating UTI sooner. Regards