Is it Safe to Take Tetracycline During Pregnancy?
By Nabta Team
Tetracycline is an antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections, such as urinary tract infections, acne, gonorrhea, and chlamydia. Tetracycline shouldn’t be used during pregnancy or while breastfeeding because doctors consider it a category D drug. While studies have not been conducted on humans for obvious reasons, animal studies show that using Tetracycline whilst pregnant can cause embryo toxicity and teratogenicity, as well as toxic effects on skeletal formation.
Likewise, when used during the second half of pregnancy, while the embryo’s teeth are being developed, Tetracycline can cause permanent discoloration in the baby’s teeth or even enamel hypoplasia.
While breastfeeding, Tetracycline is released via the milk, which could cause the infant to undergo dental staining and complicate bone growth, although the American Academy of Pediatrics has approved it for use during breastfeeding.