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When Vantin (cefpodoxime) was given to pregnant animals, it did not appear to cause any problems in the offspring. Based on these studies, Vantin is generally considered safe for use during pregnancy. However, humans do not always respond to medications in the same way that animals do. Therefore, you should talk to your healthcare provider about the benefits and risks in your particular situation.


Can Pregnant Women Take Vantin?

Vantin® (cefpodoxime proxetil) is a prescription antibiotic used to treat ear infections, strep throat, and various other bacterial infections. It is a cephalosporin antibiotic. Cephalosporins are usually considered safe for use during pregnancy.

What Is Pregnancy Category B?

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. Vantin is classified as a pregnancy Category B medication.
Pregnancy Category B is given to drugs 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.
Vantin was given a pregnancy Category B rating because studies in pregnant rats and rabbits did not appear to cause any problems. 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 Vantin, 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.

Final Thoughts

If you are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant while using Vantin, let your healthcare provider know. He or she will consider both the benefits and risks before making a recommendation in your particular situation.
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