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Risk of taking DOXYCYCLINE in pregnancy without knowing.

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Dear Dr,

My wife was prescribed a medicine for acne, at 20th Aug 2015, Called : tabocine (doxycycline 100) for 15 days, 2 Days ago she realised that she is missed her period, which was supposed to come on the 28th Aug. and she the pregnancy test 2 days ago, the results came positive and she is pregnant she directly stopped the medicine, which she already took 26 Pills on 100mg of doxycycline,
My wife is 16 Days Pregnant, and we are worried about the heath of the fetus, and if we should keep it or not.

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Expert:  Dr. Aarti Vazirani replied 4 Days.

Thanks for writing to us with your health concern.
Can you please let me know the following details -
When was her last menstrual period ?
Does she have regular cycles ?
Is this her first pregnancy ?
What is her age ?
Please mention the exact dates for which she took doxycycline .
Looking forward to hearing from you.
Take care.

Patient replied :

When was her last menstrual period ?
Started 4th Aug 2015 - 11th Aug 2015
Does she have regular cycles ?
Is this her first pregnancy ?
No, we 2 daughters Ages 6 and 5.
What is her age ?
28 years old patientOld. Birthdate : 7 Feb. 1987
Please mention the exact dates for which she took doxycycline .
20th Aug 2015 -- 6 Sep 2015


Expert:  Dr. Aarti Vazirani replied 3 Days.

Hi again.
You can relax.
Doxycycline intake has been shown to cause skeletal / dental defects, but this happens when it is consumed by the mother in the second and / or third trimester of pregnancy.
Intake of doxycycline in the first trimester has not shown to cause any defects in the child.
In your case, particularly it was taken during very early period of pregnancy - so there is no room for risk.
Please take daily 5 mg per day folic acid for the first three months, and in future, be careful about what drug you take.
All the best.
Please feel free to discuss further.

Dr. Aarti Vazirani
Category: Infertility Specialist
Residency: Obstetrics & Gynecolog, BJMC,Civil hospital, Ahmedabad, 2008
Post Graduate: MS (Obstetrics & Gynecology), B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad, 2008
Medical School: MBBS, B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad, 2004
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