Q: I'm pregnant. Is it safe for me to take Enhancin?
A: Enhancin is a prescription antibiotic and is usually considered to be safe for use during pregnancy. The FDA uses a pregnancy category system to classify the possible risks to a fetus when a specific medicine is taken during pregnancy. 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. Enhancin is classified as a category B medication. A pregnancy category B medicine is given to a pregnant woman only if a health care provider believes that the benefits to the pregnant woman outweigh any possible risks to the unborn child. For instance, if the infection, left untreated, will do more harm than good for both you and the baby, this is the safest antibiotic to choose. Lori Poulin, PharmD
Fast facts on Enhancin
Here are some key points about Enhancin. More information is in the main article.
- Enhancin works by preventing bacteria from growing, and killing them.
- Enhancin can treat infections caused by bacteria but not those caused by viruses.
- It can be used with other medications to treat some stomach ulcers.
- Common adverse effects include diarrhea, candidiasis, and tooth discoloration.
- Patients should always discuss their current state of health and medical history with their doctor before starting a course of Enhancin.
Serious side effects
Serious side effects are rare and happen in less than 1 in 1,000 people.
Call a doctor straight away if you get:
- diarrhoea (possibly with stomach cramps) that contains blood or mucus. If you have severe diarrhoea for more than 4 days you should also speak to a doctor
- pale poo with dark pee, yellowing of the skin or the whites of your eyes (warning signs of liver or gallbladder problems)
- bruising or skin discolouration
- joint or muscle pain that comes on after 2 days of taking the medicine
- a skin rash with circular red patches
Some of these serious side effects can happen up to 2 months after finishing the Enhancin.
What other information should I know?
Keep all appointments with your doctor and the laboratory. Your doctor may order certain lab tests to check your body's response to Enhancin.
If you are diabetic, use Clinistix or TesTape (not Clinitest) to test your urine for sugar while taking this medication.
Do not let anyone else take your medication. Your prescription is probably not refillable. If you still have symptoms of infection after you finish the Enhancin, call your doctor.
It is important for you to keep a written list of all of the prescription and nonprescription (over-the-counter) medicines you are taking, as well as any products such as vitamins, minerals, or other dietary supplements. You should bring this list with you each time you visit a doctor or if you are admitted to a hospital. It is also important information to carry with you in case of emergencies.