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hi i am 19 weeks pregnant.i have caught cold.my doctor sugested to take MOX 500 and CROCIN 650.is it safe for me at this peroid?

By Anonymous March 16, 2011 - 8:43am
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AMOX 500 is AMOXYCILLIN tablets.each capsule contains Amoxycillin 500 mg.So is it safe to take this medicine during my pregnancy?i am in a bad shape due to the cold and am constantly sneezing and coughing.

March 17, 2011 - 4:54am
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If your doctor prescribed it, it's probably at least category C on that list. Which means that there is insufficient information to know if it's safe or not--hasn't been tested on pregnant women. Your doctor must think you have a bacterial infection like a sinus infection. Otherwise, antibiotic would not help your condition if it's just a cold. If you have tried all other non-medication options, and are willing to accept the minimal risk, then take the medicine.
Here is more information on this medication: EmpowHER: Amoxicillin Information

March 17, 2011 - 6:54am

Hi Anonymous,
Thank you for your question and for finding EmpowHER. I'm not sure what mox 500 and crocin 650 are. Are those the full product names? Ask your doctor what pregnancy category these medications are. Here is more explanation of what that means: American Pregnancy Assn: FDA Drug Category Ratings.
Basically, if your symptoms are manageable without taking medication, then don't take the medication. But if you're miserable, you can assess any risk in taking medication, and decide if you should take it or not.
Some alternative ways to deal with a cold in pregnancy include: using sinus rinse (neti pot or sinus bottle product), drinking plenty of clear fluids, sucking on pectin drops for sore throat or drinking a hot water (decaf tea) with lemon and honey, and getting plenty of rest. Your doctor or midwife likely will have suggestions for what's safe to take for colds in pregnancy as well.
Good luck, and hope you are feeling better soon.

March 16, 2011 - 9:24am
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