Diflucan® (also known as fluconazole) is a drug primarily used to treat and prevent fungal infections, such as yeast infections of the mouth, lungs, abdomen, and vagina. Diflucan is also used to treat a certain form of fungal meningitis.
Diflucan comes in both tablet and liquid form and when prescribed, is usually taken once a day by mouth. Depending on the severity of symptoms, it may only need to be taken once or for up to weeks at a time.
Is Diflucan Dangerous?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns that mothers who take a high dose of Diflucan (between 400-800 mg/day) during the first trimester of pregnancy are at risk of having a child born with serious birth defects.
Accordingly, the FDA changed the pregnancy category from "C" to "D" for mothers who take the drug for any condition other than a vaginal yeast infection.
What Is Pregnancy Category D?
The FDA classifies drugs from A to D (with another X category, which indicates the drug should never be taken while pregnant). The D classification (and subsequent warning) is as follows:
"There is positive evidence of human fetal risk, but the benefits from use in pregnant women may be acceptable despite the risk (e.g., if the drug is needed in a life-threatening situation or for a serious disease for which safer drugs cannot be used or are ineffective)."
What Should I Do If I Took Diflucan And Had A Child Born With Birth Defects?
If you or someone you care about took Diflucan while pregnant and had a child born with a serious birth defect, our law firm would like to speak with you immediately. We may be able to help you win compensation for your infant's medical bills, pain and suffering, and future expenses. Contact us today to learn what we can do for you and your family.
Diflucan® is a registered trademark of Pfizer, Inc. and is used here only to identify the product in question. This law firm is not associated with, sponsored by, or affiliated with the Food and Drug Administration or Pfizer, Inc.
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