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Because dicloxacillin did not appear to cause any problems when given to pregnant animals, it is generally considered safe for use in pregnant women. However, animals may respond differently to medications than humans do, so make sure to talk to your healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using this drug during pregnancy.
Dicloxacillin is a prescription antibiotic used to treat a variety of infections. It is a penicillin antibiotic. Penicillins are usually considered safe for use during pregnancy.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) uses a category system to classify the possible risks to a fetus when a specific medicine is taken during pregnancy. Dicloxacillin is classified as a pregnancy Category B medication.
Pregnancy Category B is given to medicines that have not been adequately studied in pregnant humans but do not appear to cause harm to the fetus in animal studies. Medications that have been shown to be safe for use in pregnancy in humans but have caused problems in laboratory animals are also given a Category B rating.
Dicloxacillin was given a pregnancy Category B rating because the drug did not appear to cause any problems in studies on pregnant mice, rats, and rabbits. However, it is important to note that animals do not always respond to medicines in the same way that humans do. Therefore, a pregnancy Category B medicine, including dicloxacillin, should be given to a pregnant woman only if her healthcare provider believes that the benefits to the woman outweigh any possible risks to her unborn child.
If you are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant while taking dicloxacillin, let your healthcare provider know. He or she will consider both the benefits and risks before making a recommendation in your particular situation.