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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Pinworms

These comments are made for the purpose of discussion and should NOT be used as recommendations for or against therapies or other treatments. An individual patient is always advised to consult their own physician.

Pinworms and Pregnancy [posted 1/6/99]
Question:I am in my 20th week of pregnancy and have recurring pinworms. Neither my OB/GYN or primary care physician has treated pinworms. They are unsure if I should be treated. Is it safe for me to take Vermox? What does pregnancy category 3 drug mean? Please advise on this drug or others for treatment.

Answer: Well, we never know the true risks, but we come up with categories based on studies in rats and observed human reactions in those circumstances when one is treated and didn't know that one was pregnant. I would not take the drug while pregnant, pinworms are irritating, but not fatal, nor a cause of fetal impairment.

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