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What are the effects of tuberculosis (TB) drugs during pregnancy?

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You may worry that taking medicine for tuberculosis may harm your unborn child. It’s much worse to leave it untreated. TB drugs you take do reach your baby. But they haven’t been shown to cause harm in unborn babies.

Some TB drugs can lead to birth defects or other problems in a growing baby. But your doctor won’t prescribe those drugs if you’re pregnant or thinking about getting pregnant.

The medicine you get will depend on what kind of TB you have.

SOURCES:

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Routine tests during pregnancy.”

CDC: “TB treatment and pregnancy,” “TB and pregnancy.”

National Health Service/Public Health England: “Pregnancy and tuberculosis.”

Drug safety : “Drug treatment for tuberculosis during pregnancy: Safety considerations.”

Queensland Health (Australia): “Guideline: Treatment of tuberculosis in pregnant women and newborn infants.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on February 12, 2018

SOURCES:

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Routine tests during pregnancy.”

CDC: “TB treatment and pregnancy,” “TB and pregnancy.”

National Health Service/Public Health England: “Pregnancy and tuberculosis.”

Drug safety : “Drug treatment for tuberculosis during pregnancy: Safety considerations.”

Queensland Health (Australia): “Guideline: Treatment of tuberculosis in pregnant women and newborn infants.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on February 12, 2018

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