Augmentin XR and Pregnancy
Early research suggests that Augmentin XR does not increase the risk of birth defects. However, this product has not been studied extensively in pregnant women, so it's still not completely clear if Augmentin XR is safe to take when pregnant. By talking to your healthcare provider about the benefits and risks, the two of you can decide if this medication is right for you.
Can Pregnant Women Take Augmentin XR?Augmentin XR® (amoxicillin/clavulanate potassium XR) is a prescription antibiotic approved for treating pneumonia and sinus infections. It is usually considered safe to use during pregnancy, although the full risks are not currently known.
What Is Pregnancy Category B?The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) uses a category system to classify the possible risks to a fetus when a specific medicine is taken during pregnancy. Pregnancy Category B is given to medicines that have not been adequately studied in pregnant humans but do not appear to cause harm to the fetus in animal studies.
When Augmentin (the short-acting version of Augmentin XR) was given to pregnant rats and mice, the medication did not cause any problems. Studies have shown that Augmentin XR crosses the placenta to the baby in humans, but it does not appear to cause problems. Although Augmentin XR has not been systematically and adequately studied in pregnant women, case reports and surveys seem to suggest that it does not increase the risk of birth defects or miscarriages.
However, since the drug has not been extensively studied in pregnant women, Augmentin XR may have negative effects that are currently unknown. Therefore, it should be given to a pregnant woman only if the healthcare provider believes that the benefits to the woman outweigh any possible risks to the unborn child.