Oral antifungal drug used to treat yeast infections linked to higher rates of miscarriage

A commonly used medication, fluconazole, used to treat vaginal yeast infections, is linked to higher rates of miscarriage if used during pregnancy, found new research published in Canadian Medical Association Journal.

While topical treatments are first line for pregnant women with fungal infections, oral fluconazole is often used during pregnancy.

Researchers looked at data on 441 949 pregnancies from the Quebec Pregnancy Cohort between 1998 and 2015, linking to filled prescriptions listed in the Quebec Prescription Drug Insurance database. They found that taking oral fluconazole was linked to adverse outcomes.

“Our study shows that taking any dose of oral fluconazole while pregnant may be associated with a higher chance of miscarriage,” says Dr. Anick Bérard, Université de Montréal, Montréal, Quebec. “Taking higher doses of fluconazole over 150 mg in early pregnancy may be linked to a higher chance of a newborn with a heart defect.”

The study is consistent with other studies, although more research is needed as the study sizes are still small.

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