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Safety / Contraindications of Flagyl in the First Trimester

During the first trimester of pregnancy, it is especially important for a woman to be careful about the medications that she is taking. In many cases, the most damage that can be done by certain medications will be done during the first trimester of pregnancy. Before you begin taking any medication in the first trimester, you need to know the level of safety that it has and what contraindications that it may have in terms of pregnancy.

Almost any medication, such as Flagyl, is categorized in terms of its pregnancy risks. Medications in category A are not contraindicated for pregnancy, and are considered to be of a high safety level. Medications in category B have never been shown to have a risk for the baby, but there are not adequate studies to rule out risk. Category C medications are not recommended for pregnant women unless the potential benefit outweighs the potential risk. Category D have proven risks that may still be outweighed by benefits. For Category X medications, there is definitely risk to the baby and the risk outweighs the benefits.

The fact of the matter is that many health care providers will hesitate to prescribe category B medications in the first trimester because of the fact that the medications just haven’t yet been proven, in a definitive way, to be completely safe for pregnancy. Flagyl is a category B medication in terms of safety and contraindications during the first trimester of pregnancy. Flagyl, also known as metronidazole, is an antibiotic medication that is used to treat infections, most often vaginal infections. Flagyl may be given orally, rectally, vaginally, or topically.

If you are concerned about the safety of Flagyl in the first trimester, or whether flagyl has any contraindications, you should speak with your health care provider. As further research is done medications sometimes are even moved from one category to another, so it is best to check with your health care provider before taking any medication in the first trimester of pregnancy.

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