Amoxicillin is an antibiotic that is safe for use at any stage of pregnancy, forming part of the category B drug group, that is, the group of drugs in which there was no risk or serious side effects to the pregnant woman or the baby.
This antibiotic is part of the penicillin family, effective against a variety of infections caused by bacteria, such as urinary tract infection, pharyngitis, tonsillitis, sinusitis, otitis, pneumonia, among others. Learn more about the indications and effects of Amoxicillin in the Amoxicillin package insert .
However, it is important to remember that the use of medications during pregnancy should only be done under medical guidance and if strictly necessary, after a careful risk/benefit assessment.
How to take
Amoxicillin in pregnancy should only be used after doctor’s advice and, in addition, its dose and form of use varies according to the type of infection and the needs of each person.
In general, the recommended dose is:
- Adults : 250 mg, 3 times a day, every 8 hours. If necessary and according to medical advice, this dose can be increased to 500 mg, administered 3 times a day, every 8 hours.
In some cases, the doctor may also indicate the use of Amoxicillin in combination with Clavulonate, to enhance its effect. Learn more about the effects and indications of amoxicillin / clavulanic acid .
Why is Amoxicillin safe in pregnancy?
According to the FDA classification, Amoxicillin is at risk B, which means that no side effects have been found in the fetus of animal guinea pigs, although not enough testing has been done on women. However, in clinical practice, no changes were found in the babies of mothers who had used Amoxicillin under medical guidance during pregnancy.
There are also other antibiotics allowed in pregnancy, which include Cephalexin, Azithromycin, or Ceftriaxone, for example, never forgetting that, for their use to be safe, medical evaluation is necessary to indicate any of these drugs. Find out how to identify the permitted and prohibited medications during pregnancy.