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There has always been continuous debate about how safe is the use of antibiotics for pregnant women. According to reports, two drugs belonging to a group of antibiotics named macrocodes have been declared safe for the use of women during their pregnancy.
Researchers, through the years, have been trying to find a concrete association between the use of antibiotics by pregnant women and birth defects caused in young infants. There are various studies that are still ongoing on the issue.
However, the two antibiotics drugs called azithromycin and clarithromycin have been declared safe for use during pregnancy. The drugs are generally used as effective substitutes for penicillin in patients who have allergies. Studies have found out that these two drugs are safe to use and pose no harm to the mother and the child after its consumption.
The researchers conducted the particular study with an aim to find a concrete link between use of antibiotics and birth defects between children. With the particular goal in mind, the lead researcher of the study Doctor Anick Berard and her team from the University of Montreal observed around 135869 cases between the year 1998 and 2008, from the Quebec Pregnancy Cohort.
The researchers evaluated the data and studied the use of certain antibiotics by women during the period of their pregnancy. Upon reaching the conclusion it was found out that in around 10% of the study cases children with major congenital malformations were born.
Although, the researchers said that they could not find any association between the use of antibiotics administered to these women and the subsequent birth defects in some of the children. The researchers also said that further observation and evaluation is required to establish the link between the antibiotics and birth defects. Although, these two drugs were labelled safe after the study as they work as substitutes for high-risk drugs such as penicillin.