No Birth Defects Seen in Pregnant Malaria Drug Recipients

February 23rd, 2011 - 2:10 am ICT by Angela Kaye Mason  

Feb 22 (THAINDIAN NEWS) According to a report from Reuters, there is possibly no risk to the unborn children of pregnant women who are given the anti-malarial drug known as Malarone during their first trimester. Although most malaria drugs are not approved for pregnant women, and neither is this one, pregnant women still continue to want to travel to regions which are infested with the disease… a fact which has lead to the research of the effects of Malarone on the unborn babies.

For those women who consider the ability to travel to those diseased areas during pregnancy to be important enough to risk the safety of the child, new research has been conducted to try and find a drug which will treat malaria while not causing birth defects in the unborn baby. Experts strongly advise pregnant women to simply avoid traveling to those locations, since malaria can spread not only to the mother, but to the baby as well.

For those who choose to ignore the advice of those experts, a new study, which was published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, is the first time which the use of Malarone in pregnant women has been studied. According to the researchers, although there is not yet any evidence that the drug can harm the baby, it is too soon to declare the drug safe for the small number of women who are willing to risk the trip to these malaria ridden countries while pregnant.

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