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Diflucan Birth Defect News

Important Safety Information for Diflucan Patients

Diflucan Safety InfoDiflucan® (fluconazole) is an antibiotic that is prescribed for the treatment of various types of yeast infections such as those of the vagina, throat, mouth and esophagus. It is also prescribed for the prevention of infection in certain patients with weak immune systems. If you are prescribed Diflucan® (fluconazole), there are certain things you should know.

The following is a list of things you should know if you are prescribed Diflucan® (fluconazole):

  • You should not take the medication if you are allergic to fluconazole or similar medications such as clotrimazole (Lotrimin), econazole (Spectazole), ketoconazole (Nizoral), miconazole (Monistat, Oravig), sertaconazole (Ertaczo), sulconazole (Exelderm), terconazole (Terazol), tioconazole (Vagistat-1) or voriconazole (Vfend).
  • Do not take Diflucan® if you are already taking cisapride (Propulsid).
  • Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you are taking before starting treatment.
  • Tell your doctor if you have a history of liver disease, kidney disease, Long QT syndrome or a heart rhythm disorder before starting treatment with Diflucan®.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or become pregnant while taking Diflucan®, as a high dose may increase the risk of certain birth defects when taken during pregnancy.
  • Tell your doctor if you are breast feeding before starting treatment.
  • Always take the full prescription, even if your symptoms go away as symptoms can sometimes subside before the infection is completely gone.
  • Always follow the directions on the prescription label.
  • Take the medication with a full glass of water.
  • Possible side effects include upset stomach, diarrhea, dizziness, headache and an unusual taste in the mouth.

If you suffered a serious side effect of Diflucan® or if you were given the drug during your pregnancy and your baby suffered a birth defect, you may be eligible for compensation. To learn more, contact us today.

Birth Defects Associated with Diflucan (Fluconazole)

Diflucan Birth DefectDiflucan® (fluconazole) has been associated with birth defects in babies whose mothers take a high dose of the medication for most or all of the first trimester of pregnancy. In August the FDA announced that the pregnancy category of 400-800 mg/day dose of Diflucan® would be changed from C to D, which means there is evidence that the medication could endanger the developing fetus, but that it could still be prescribed to women in certain situations.

According to the FDA, the following birth defects have been associated with Diflucan®, “brachycephaly, abnormal faces, abnormal calvarial development, cleft palate, femoral bowing, thin ribs and long bones, arthrogryposis, and congenital heart disease.”

Diflucan® is an antibiotic used to treat yeast infections of the vagina, throat, mouth, esophagus, bladder and other organs. It is also used for the prevention of infections in patients with compromised immune systems.

(Source: FDA)

If your baby is born with one or more birth defects and you were prescribed Diflucan® during your pregnancy, you may be eligible to seek financial compensation. To learn more, schedule a free consultation with one of our Diflucan® birth defect lawyers today.

Diflucan May Be Linked to Birth Defects, Says FDA

Diflucan FDA WarningThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a safety communication on Aug. 3, 2011 to alert patients and health care providers about a possible risk of birth defects associated with long term use of the anti-fungal medication Diflucan®.

“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is informing the public that chronic, high doses (400-800 mg/day) of the antifungal drug Diflucan® (fluconazole) may be associated with a rare and distinct set of birth defects in infants whose mothers were treated with the drug during the first trimester of pregnancy,” the FDA said in the alert. “This risk does not appear to be associated with a single, low dose of fluconazole 150 mg to treat vaginal yeast infection (candidiasis).”

The information is based on published case reports of babies who were born with birth defects after their mothers were treated with 400-800 mg/day of Diflucan® during most or all of their first trimesters.

The FDA updated the pregnancy category from C to D, meaning there is evidence that the medication increases the risk of birth defects in infants whose mothers take Diflucan® during pregnancy. But, in cases of severe infection, the medication may still be prescribed to pregnant women despite the risks. The pregnancy category for the single dose (150 mg) has not been affected.

Risks for infants exposed to Diflucan® (fluconazole) include, “brachycephaly, abnormal facies, abnormal calvarial development, cleft palate, femoral bowing, thin ribs and long bones, arthrogryposis, and congenital heart disease.”

(Source: FDA)

If you were prescribed a high dose of Diflucan® (fluconazole) during your pregnancy and your baby has suffered one of these birth defects, you may be eligible for compensation. Contact a Diflucan® birth defect lawyer to find out if you qualify for compensation.