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In animal studies, very high doses of Ceftin (cefuroxime axetil) did not appear to cause harm to the fetus. Also, some studies involving pregnant women do not indicate that this medication increases the risk of birth defects or other problems. Because of this research, the FDA has classified Ceftin as a pregnancy Category B drug, meaning it is probably safe for use in pregnant women.

I'm Pregnant -- Can I Use Ceftin?

Ceftin® (cefuroxime axetil) is a prescription antibiotic. Based on the results of animal studies, this medication is probably safe for use during pregnancy.

What Is Pregnancy Category B?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) uses a pregnancy 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. Medications that have been shown to be safe for use in pregnancy in humans (but have caused problems in laboratory animals) are also given a Category B rating.
In studies where even very high doses of Ceftin were given to pregnant animals, no harm to the fetus was seen. Although Ceftin has not been systematically studied in pregnant women, survey-type studies do not indicate that Ceftin increases the risk of birth defects or other problems during human pregnancy. This is consistent with the other similar cephalosporin-type antibiotics, which are usually considered safe for use during pregnancy.

Final Thoughts

If you are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant, let your healthcare provider know. He or she will consider both the benefits and risks of taking this drug during pregnancy before making a Ceftin recommendation for your particular situation.
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