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    medications while pregnant

    Hey. I am 8 weeks pregnant and thankfully am feeling great. I'm a bit anxious about medication. I'm taking 500 mg of zitromax per day and am wondering Has anyone else taken zitromax throughout their pregnancy. My gp said it was fine and I trust her but just need reassurance. I am also taking vitamin d, adek, hypertonic saline. Any feedback would be really appreciated.
    F/M 27 with CF

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    Hi Alfie!! Congratulations on the baby news, how exciting!!

    When we first found out I was pregnant, my CF doc had me consult with a high-risk OB, but then I was allowed to stay with my regular OB throughout my entire pregnancy. The high-risk OB and my CF doc consulted each other about all my meds, and the two that they had me stop were Zithromax and Mucomyst. Mucomyst was only stopped during the first trimester, but they stopped Zithromax throughout the entire pregnancy and while breastfeeding. With that being said, I know they use a "risk vs. reward" method for deciding whether to have you continue on each med. So if the reward you are getting from Zithromax is worth the risk, they may decide to keep you on it. A healthy mom is necessary for a healthy baby!

    Have you talked with your OB regarding this? That would be my next move if I were you, if you haven't already. If she concurs with your GP, then that may help reassure you!

    Take care, and best of luck to you!


    Autumn

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    Hi autumn thank you. It's very exciting. Absolutely delighted with the news. I haven't spoke to my ob about it only my gp. I know I'm only 8 weeks and it will be a long road but I really thought things would be a little more hands on especially with cf, although I'm keeping great. I rang my cf clinic the minute I found out and asked them is there anything different I need to take or should not take. They said they would speak to the consultant and get back to me if there was anything. 4 weeks later and no word so I called them today and they said to come down Wednesday to see the consultant. My 1st scan is at 12 weeks and an appointment with the midwife at 14 weeks. Maybe I should stop zitromax myself until I'm told otherwise? Just afraid that it could be causing damage but I also understand that I'm taking them because I need them. Very confused.
    Thanks for the feedback autumn.
    F/M 27 with CF

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    Of all my drugs, my doctor let me choose whether to stay on zithromax or not. At first I stopped it (why take more drugs than necessary while pregnant?) But I kept getting cold after cold my first trimester, followed by the flu. My lungs needed all the help that they could get after that, so the doctor had me restart zithromax. I'm 27 weeks now, and am still on it. I agree with the risk vs. reward. It was more risky for me to keep getting sick than to take zithromax, but if you're doing well, it might be more risky to take the drug. That said, I think you're ok to stay on it until you talk to your doctor and get their opinion since he/she knows you and your needs.

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    Thanks meg that gives me a little piece of mind. I'll continue it until i speak to him Wednesday. Congratulations on your pregnancy. How have you found it so far? Is this your 1st?
    F/M 27 with CF

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    Congrats on your pregnancy! No advice from me, but babies are so hard to come by sometimes that every pregnancy announcement feels exciting to me.
    Thirtysomething Dad of three (IVFw/ICSI), Mormon, Engineer in Utah.
    I was dx at 1 yr (failure to thrive), D▲F508, FEV1~94%, PA and MSSA, PI.
    2 brothers w/CF, 3 siblings w/out. My wife and parents are saints.

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    Thank you. I totally agree. It was a long wait but I'm lucky age is on my side.
    F/M 27 with CF

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    Hi! I have a super healthy one and a half year old now. At the beginning of my pregnancy I was on nothing except pulmosyme, hyper sal, and aquadeks, which I continued to take throughout the whole pregnancy with no ill effects. During the middle of the pregnancy, though, I got really sick and my high risk baby doctor actually put me on azithromycin himself. It's definitely what you are comfortable yourself, but just so you are reassured, I had absolutely no problems with being on that antibiotic during pregnancy, and had a wonderful healthy little baby. After my son was born, I actually had the lactation consultants reassure me about being on the harder antibiotics to treat the infections I was have while breastfeeding. They stated that for the most part there are very few drugs that actually get into your milk supply and that even if they did a little, most likely it would just help my baby fight off any bacterial infection that they may have or get from me. I would definitely talk to your doc, though for their thoughts, because I had to stop nursing and start bottle feeding after two weeks, because I was very sick and unable to maintain my weight.
    I wish you well with whatever you decide!!! Just don't be afraid to talk to both your. Baby doc and cf doc about any questions you have, as they are super nice most of the time with answering concerns!

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    Alfie--Thanks for the congrats. I'm very excited for this baby. This is my first pregnancy. The first trimester was rough since I kept getting sick while at the same time I was dealing with morning sickness and having no energy ever. But the second trimester treated me wonderfully. I have had more energy, and I no longer feel sick. I'm officially starting my last trimester, and I am hoping that everything continues to go well.

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    On a related topic, if for some reason your meds or illness mean you can't breastfeed, don't despair. New research that was published last year indicated that the differences in breastfed and formula fed infants are much less than previously thought.
    Here's a link for more info.
    http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor...aggerated.html

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