Keflex antibiotics is it safe to take between 12-14 weeks pregnant

Sal El - posted on 01/02/2016 ( 14 moms have responded )

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Hi I'm really concerned I'm on holidays and before I left I asked my doctor to give me antibiotics that's safe for pregnancy for I'm in Bali she recommended keflex didn't think I will catch a flu due my hay fever. I took to tablets and something told me to see what others have said and I didn't like what I read. Really concerned I have only taking too and haven't taken anymore also I have been on Panadol due to temperature.

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Sal El - posted on 01/02/2016

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I didn't stop them cause I wanted to them but after taking them the first day I decided to google this medication and it stated that it wasn't good to take it while being pregnant. This is why i wanted to know if anyone has taken this medication before.

Ev - posted on 01/02/2016

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I was not judging but it is dangerous to take medications without either finishing them or needing them for sure. And especially being pregnant, you have to be careful.

Sarah - posted on 01/02/2016

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My concern as a healthcare worker is the incident of resistant bacteria. If you take a few days of Keflex and beat down the bacteria just enough that you feel better, then stop, you are potentially allowing a species of bacteria to reproduce that will then be resistant to Keflex class antibiotics. Then, to hang to 4 days worth (when a typical course of Keflex is usually 10 days) would not give you enough coverage to wipe out the infection again. You can do what you wan tot your own body, but I had a student in the hospital and at home on IV antibiotics for a drug resistant infection two years ago. Not because he did not follow directions but because the staph that infected him had become drug resistant due to misuse by other people.

Jodi - posted on 01/02/2016

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Um, noone is judging. The best person to ask if it is safe when you are pregnant is your doctor. You asked for an antibiotic that was safe for pregnancy. If you have concerns, call your doctor. People are just questioning whether you actually really need to take it, because ANY medication can pose some level of risk. Not judging you. I think you are being a little too over-sensitive. Pregnancy hormones can do that......

And just for the record, information on the internet indicates that "There are no controlled data in human pregnancy. However, the drug has been used in various stages of pregnancy without evidence of fetal harm."

But again, best not to take it if you don't need to. If you weren't actually diagnosed with something you specifically need antibiotics for, then maybe you don't need them.

Sal El - posted on 01/02/2016

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I'm not sure why people are so judgmental all I wanted to know if keflex was ok to take. My doctor did prescribe this medication knowing that I'm responsible to know when to take it. But what was my concern is that I googled this medication and some of the information said that it's not good to take while being pregnant.

So sorry to have been a burden on everyone but this sight is nothing but judgmental. No one is perfect u sure know how to put someone in the dumps.

Jodi - posted on 01/02/2016

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Who diagnosed your throat and ear infection? I am not quite understanding your post because you make it sound like you went to the doctor to get antibiotics "just in case" you got sick, but weren't sick at the time you went to the doctor.

Ev - posted on 01/02/2016

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I have to agree with Sarah. If the doc gave you the antibiotics for just in case, why take a couple and then stop? Usually a doc gives you a course of antibiotics to use for some kind of infection to clear it out of your system. You should not take meds just because you feel like you should. And add being pregnant to that, its not safe to just take a couple and then decide to quit. If all you had was hay fever then antibiotics do nothing for it at all. And taking natural remedies is not good either unless your doc thinks it is okay. I am on a course of antibiotics for an infection that I have to take for 10 days. I am taking it according to doctor's instructions and not stopping because I feel better. I think you need to rethink how you take your meds.

Sal El - posted on 01/02/2016

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I know Sarah I have 4 days left Hun I'm going to hang in there I have stopped the antibiotic and keeping my vitamin C up through lots of fruit. Thanks :)

Sarah - posted on 01/02/2016

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I understand, however if you have an infection and started antibiotics you really should take the whole course. If you only took one day and then decided to not continue the medication, then it probably won't matter. Stopping antibiotic therapy too early can cause drug resistant forms of infection.

Sal El - posted on 01/02/2016

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I didn't take antibiotics to prevent me from having a virus and from my understanding when u have a virus antibiotics don't do anything I took the 2 keflex cause my throat and ear infection. Thanks Sarah

Sarah - posted on 01/02/2016

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I don't understand why you have antibiotics either? They won't prevent you from catching a virus and even the safest medications can post slight risk to a developing fetus. Best to avoid medications especially in the first trimester.

Sal El - posted on 01/02/2016

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Hi Michelle
She gave the antibiotics just in case I came down with an infection cause I don't trust overseas medicine. I have been 8 days in Bali and I had a little hay fever which I thought nothing of then I felt I could swallow and my earlobes where hurting it always happens to me when I wasn't pregnant I'd usually wait a few days if it didn't go away with natural remedies then I will start a course of antibiotics. When I took the 2 tablets as recommend I felt better. But reading reviews from other mothers i became really worried. :) sal

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