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The use of drugs is always an iffy situation; even the best of them will always have side effects under certain circumstances or for a particular population. However, when the potential adverse effects of a drug outweigh its benefits, it makes no sense to continue its use. This is the case with the anti-fungal drug Diflucan (fluconazole).

Diflucan is an oral fluconazole preparation which was prescribed for vaginal candidiasis, a yeast infection that commonly plague pregnant women, when topical antifungal preparations were found to be ineffective. Most physicians, however, hesitate to prescribe any oral medication to pregnant women unless it is necessary because of the unknown effects it may have on the unborn child.

Recent studies largely disprove earlier indications that Diflucan may be linked to birth defects when the product was prescribed in small doses. This is not to say that there is no danger of birth defects; it is just significantly more likely in high doses. Despite these findings, however, physicians are still reluctant to prescribe it because the product is still thought to increase the risk of developing tetralogy of Fallot, an unlikely name for a rare congenital heart problem in whatever dosage.


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