THIS MEDICATION MAY CAUSE HARM TO YOUR BABY:
Limited information on the safety of moxifloxacin exposure during pregnancy is available. The risks and benefits of taking this medication should be weighed before using in pregnancy.
What is moxifloxacin?
Moxifloxacin is a fluoroquinolone antibiotic that is used to treat respiratory bacterial infections.
What is moxifloxacin used to treat?
Moxifloxacin is an antibiotic used to treat acute sinus infections, chronic bronchitis, pneumonia that develops outside the hospital setting, abdominal infections, and skin infections in adults.
How does moxifloxacin work?
Moxifloxacin interferes with bacterial production and replication, killing the bacteria in the body.
If I am taking moxifloxacin, can it harm my baby?
Limited evidence on the safety of moxifloxacin during human pregnancy is available. Some experts recommend avoiding all fluoroquinolone antibiotics during pregnancy to prevent cartilage defects in the developing baby. Available human studies offer a mixed opinion on the safety of moxifloxacin use during pregnancy. Animal studies suggest a possible link between moxifloxacin use during pregnancy and low birth weight and skeletal defects in the baby. Moxifloxacin is expected to cross the human placenta and reach the developing baby.
If I am taking moxifloxacin and become pregnant, what should I do?
It is important that you speak with your doctor if you become pregnant while taking moxifloxacin. If there are clear indications for use, moxifloxacin can be used during pregnancy; however, your doctor may recommend an alternative antibiotic that is considered safer in pregnancy.
If I am taking moxifloxacin, can I safely breastfeed my baby?
Moxifloxacin is expected to be excreted in breast milk. The effect of moxifloxacin exposure on breastfeeding infants is unknown. The American Academy of Pediatrics classifies other fluoroquinolones like ciprofloxacin and ofloxacin as “compatible” with breastfeeding. It is important to use caution when administering moxifloxacin during breastfeeding. If breastfeeding infants are exposed to moxifloxacin, they should be monitored for diarrhea, diaper rash, and thrush (oral fungal infection).
If I am taking moxifloxacin, will it be more difficult to get pregnant?
Some animal studies suggest that moxifloxacin can negatively affect sperm development in males and the reproductive cycle in females.
If I am taking moxifloxacin, what should I know?
It is important to speak with your doctor to determine if you should take moxifloxacin therapy during pregnancy. Moxifloxacin should only be used during pregnancy if the benefits to the mother outweigh the risks to the developing baby. Moxifloxacin should be used with caution in women who are breastfeeding.
If I am taking any medication, what should I know?
This report provides a summary of available information about the use of fluoroquinolone antibiotics during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Content is from the product label unless otherwise indicated.
You may find Pregistry's expert reports about infections here, reports about the individual medications used to treat infections here, and a report about quinolone antibiotics here. Additional information can also be found in the resources below.
For more information about moxifloxacin during and after pregnancy, contact http://www.womenshealth.gov/ (800-994-9662 [TDD: 888-220-5446]) or check the following link: