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21 Jul 2008

Tonsillitis medication during pregnancy

I' m 8weeks pregnant with my first child. Over the weekend i started have a terrible pain in my throat and i went to see a doctor on Sunday. He diagnosed tonsillitis.

He prescribed some pain killers (Panado capsules, Reuteri chewable tablets) and an antibiotic(Amoclan bid tablets). He wanted to prescribe a throat spray for pain alleviation but he changed his mind after consulting what i assumed was a medical dictionary. After which, my trust levels went down. Please excuse me, this is my first child.

I have gone through the leaflet of the antibiotic and it says safety in pregnancy has not been established. I am quite doubtful about starting this treatment. At the moment, i' m only taking the Panado and the chewable pain killer (with my folic acid and pregnancy multivitamin).

I am having tremendous difficulty swallowing. As a result, I am having minimal food. Which is the worse of the two evils for my baby? Not taking the antibiotic or sacrificing nutrition whilst waiting for my body to rid itself of the tonsillitis?

Any advice will be tremendously welcomed.
Answer 35,966 views

01 Jan 0001

Your doctor has acted responsibly. There are literally millions of drugs and no doctor knows the effects of all of them in pregnancy, so it was a good idea for him to check. Amoclan is commonly used in pregnancy and is regarded as safe.

Best wishes
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