Furazolidone in Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
Fetal Risk Summary
No reports linking the use of furazolidone with congenital defects have been located. The Collaborative Perinatal Project monitored 50,282 mother-child pairs, 132 of whom had 1st trimester exposure to furazolidone (1). No association with malformations was found. Theoretically, furazolidone could produce hemolytic anemia in a glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase-deficient newborn if given at term. Placental passage of the drug has not been reported.
Breast Feeding Summary
No data are available.
Heinonen OP, Slone D, Shapiro S. Birth Defects and Drugs in Pregnancy. Littleton, MA:Publishing Sciences Group, 1977:299302.
Questions and Answers
What is furazolidone?,
Why is this medication prescribed?
Furazolidone is used to treat infectious diarrhea and enteritis caused by bacteria or protozoans.
This medication is sometimes prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
How should this medicine be used?
Furazolidone comes as a tablet and a liquid to take by mouth. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take furazolidone exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.
Other uses for this medicine
Furazolidone is also used in combination with fluids for treatment of acute infantile diarrhea. Furazolidone is also used to treat traveler's diarrhea, cholera, and bacteremic salmonellosis. Talk to your doctor about the possible risks of using this medicine for your condition.
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