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Old 03-13-2007, 01:40 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I've had a yeast infection so I bought some Monistat 7 day treatment and I'm on my 4th day when I turned the tube around to read that it should NOT be used in pregnancy. I thought I read all the warnings! I find futher that it shouldn't be used in the first trimester of pregnancy. I haven't had morning sickness for the last few days and now I'm really stressing that I've done something to harm my baby. I have a regular Dr apt for a bump behind my ear tomorrow so hopefully I can talk to him.
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How scary to read that after you have already been using it. I searched on-line a bit for you and this is what I found (and stole). I hope it is comforting.

Follow up reports on infants born to 167 of 263 pregnant patients (some follow-up reports are not yet available) who participated in North American clinical evaluations of miconazole nitrate 2% cream administered in a 14-day regimen, and infants born to 26 pregnant patients who participated in European and North American clinical evaluations of miconazole nitrate 100 mg suppositories, described no complications or adverse effects attributed to this therapeutic agent. Nevertheless, since miconazole nitrate is absorbed in small amounts from the human vagina, Monistat vaginal preparations should not be used by pregnant or nursing women unless the physician considers it essential to the welfare of the patient.
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How scary to read that after you have already been using it. I searched on-line a bit for you and this is what I found (and stole). I hope it is comforting.

Follow up reports on infants born to 167 of 263 pregnant patients (some follow-up reports are not yet available) who participated in North American clinical evaluations of miconazole nitrate 2% cream administered in a 14-day regimen, and infants born to 26 pregnant patients who participated in European and North American clinical evaluations of miconazole nitrate 100 mg suppositories, described no complications or adverse effects attributed to this therapeutic agent. Nevertheless, since miconazole nitrate is absorbed in small amounts from the human vagina, Monistat vaginal preparations should not be used by pregnant or nursing women unless the physician considers it essential to the welfare of the patient.
Thank you for looking. It does make me feel better.
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my doc told me to use it during my first pregnancy. She was explicit about it being the 7 day treatment, though, said it was a weaker formulation. I was in my third trimester, though. That is scary. I'm pretty sure you'll be fine, though, based on that study. Yeast infections are the pits. I'm sorry.

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Anytime something like this happens, there is almost always a 24 hour pharmacy hotline that you can call and talk to a pharmacist. I've been bugging my pharmacists almost non-stop asking them about this or that since I got a BFP. They're probably tired of hearing about it, but usually they know more about the drugs than the doctors do.

Also, when I went to my OB for my brief visit, they handed me a bunch of paperwork, including an info sheet for something called the "Pregnancy Exposure Info Line". This is what it says on the paper they gave me:
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The Pregnancy Exposure Infoline is a telephone information service which offers pregnant women, the general public, and health care providers practical information about risks during pregnancy from exposures to various agents such as medications, drugs, and chemicals. The Infoline is part of the National Birth Defects Center and is staffed by physicians, geneticists, and Health Educators who have special training to address concerns about exposures during pregnancy that could be harmful to the fetus.
The number is 1-800-322-5014. I haven't called, but I'm sure at some point I will.

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Oh crap, I just called dh to pick me up the 3 day. I've been trying homeopathics for a week now and I'm miserable. I've also been using some left over cream - that comes with the monistat for the external symptoms...
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Well I found this:
Monistat is a benign medication with minimal systemic absorption properties. Although the manufacturer recommends waiting until the second or third trimester, it is probably safe to use at any point in the pregnancy. I know of many midwives and physicians who prescribe it even in the first trimester. I hope this helps. http://parenting.ivillage.com/pregna...e_3pmd,00.html
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And this from the monistat website:
Treating Your Yeast Infection
If you are pregnant, or think you may be, it's important to see your doctor before using any medication. However, if your doctor determines that you do have a yeast infection, it's comforting to know MONISTAT* miconazole nitrate is one of the few medications gentle and effective enough to be safely used throughout all three trimesters. http://monistat.ca/english/advice_pregnancy.html
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My last PG I was told I could use either the 7 or 5 day Monistat. And I did
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I used monistat in my previous pregnancies. It's better to treat the infection than to let it get worse. You'll be JUST fine.
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My doctor in my last pregnancy recommended it. My midwife this time has also said it's ok.
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I had recurrent infections with DD and I think the dr told me to use monistat as well. I was in my 2nd or 3rd trimester though. I'd called your dr if you had questions. It's probably fine though! Warnings are put on almost any med now because companies want to be protected if something does come up later.

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Just chiming in from another DDC add to the "I used it during my first trimester on both doctor and midwife advice" chorus.

My favorite warning I found about it online was some silly precaution about the applicator!!! Like I am THAT imcompetent... ??
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Not in your DC, but I saw the title and wanted to chime in!

I had a raging and constant yeast infection with my dd..it did not clear up until she was born. I used monistat several times during that pregnancy and it was fine. My midwife told me it was fine to take it.

I also used it this pregnancy (only once so far--thankfully..) on direction from my midwife.

As a pp poster said, both midwives i have had did specify the 7-day kind though.

Try not to worry!!
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My midwife told me I could take it when I was pregnant for my son but that was my second or third trimester. I had a doctor's apt this morning for a bump behind my ear and asked my Dr about it. He said to stop using it that at least it was the 7 day (which is milder) but not to do that anymore. He said there just haven't been enough studies done. He said it really isn't even nessasary to do an ultrasound or blood test that he is sure it didn't harm the baby. I had been taking Grapefruit seed extract pills twice a day but ran out GSE works great for me so I need to get some more of that. Thanks for all the support. :
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Sounds like a cautious doctor - that's good. I'm doing the 3 day. It's already working, so happy for some relief! I try to use those Yeast Guard homeopathic suppositories, but it just didn't work. Nothing natural has worked for me during pregnancy. I need to get smoothie making supplies - it's the only way I can force myself to eat yogurt. (Don't even talk to me about keifer - yuck!)
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the 7 day treatments are on the OK list from my OB.
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