Norfloxacin in Pregnancy

If you have a bacterial infection and are pregnant, you may be wondering if you can take norfloxacin (Noroxin®). The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) classifies norfloxacin as a pregnancy Category C medicine, which means it may not be safe for use during pregnancy.
Animal studies have shown that norfloxacin can increase the risk for miscarriages. However, this drug does not appear to increase the risk for birth defects.
Some norfloxacin research has been done on pregnant women. The data suggest that this drug does not substantially increase the risk for major birth defects. However, there have been some reported cases of birth defects in infants whose mothers took norfloxacin during pregnancy.
Due to the potential risks, norfloxacin should only be prescribed during pregnancy when the benefits to the mother outweigh any possible risks to her unborn child.
(Click Noroxin and Pregnancy for more details on whether you can take this drug during pregnancy. Research on norfloxacin use in pregnant women and animals is also discussed in more detail.)
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