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January 13, 2006

Antibiotic To Protect Against Premature Delivery - May Cause It

Topics: Medicine

A study into the efficacy of an antibiotic given to pregnant women known to be at risk of an early delivery due to infection, has revealed that the antibiotic itself could increase the risk of a premature delivery.

Metronidazole, is effective against anaerobic bacteria and certain parasites. Anaerobic bacteria are single-cell living organisms that thrive in low oxygen environments and can cause disease in the abdomen (bacterial peritonitis) liver (liver abscess), and pelvis ( abscess of the ovaries and the fallopian tubes). It already carries a warning against use during the first trimester of pregnancy.

Here is yet another example of the need for more in-depth studies before a drug is given approval for use with pregnant mothers. Clinicians and high-risk pregnant women should be aware of this research outcome so that escalation of pre-term birth can be avoided, and in turn, save babies' lives.

Posted by at January 13, 2006 6:05 AM

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