Diflucan And Pregnancy


What Is Diflucan and How Does It Affect Pregnancy?

Diflucan is a brand name for the antifungal drug Fluconazole. It is part of a class of drugs known as azoles, which help stop the growth of various fungal organisms, bacteria and protozoans. It is usually prescribed as a single-dose treatment used to treat fungal infections such as vaginal thrush and systemic Candida infections.

How Does Diflucan Affect Pregnancy?

The effects of Diflucan on pregnant women have not been fully studied. It is recommended that Diflucan not be used during pregnancy unless the potential benefit to the mother outweighs the potential risk to the unborn child. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Diflucan may be given to pregnant women if their health care provider believes that its benefits to the woman outweigh risks to the baby:



  • If a pregnant woman needs Diflucan for a severe infection, her health care provider may consider using one dose of Diflucan to treat the infection.
  • If the infection is not severe, alternatives may be advisable.
  • If Diflucan is given while pregnant, the mother should be monitored for any signs of harm to the baby.

Risks for the Unborn Baby

The following possible risks to the unborn baby may occur when taking Diflucan:

  • Birth defects, including heart and brain malformations
  • Low birth weight
  • Miscarriage
  • Premature labor

It is important to note that these risks are not necessarily definitive but more studies may be done to determine the full extent of how Diflucan affects an unborn baby.

Tips For Pregnant Women Taking Diflucan

  1. Understand the risks associated with taking Diflucan during pregnancy.
  2. Follow the directions of your health care provider and only take Diflucan if it is deemed safe and beneficial for you.
  3. Make sure your health care provider is aware of any other medications, supplements or treatments you are taking so they can determine if Diflucan is a good option for you.
  4. Monitor for any changes in your health or the health of your baby if taking Diflucan.
  5. Talk to your health care provider right away if you experience any changes in your health or the health of your baby.

At the end of the day, it is ultimately up to you and your health care provider to decide if Diflucan is a safe and beneficial treatment option while pregnant. It is always important to weigh the potential risks versus the potential benefits when considering any medication while pregnant.

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