It is important for pregnant women with an active
tuberculosis (TB) infection to receive treatment,
because the TB infection is dangerous to the developing fetus.1
Women being treated for active TB with first-line medicines can
continue to breast-feed. The small amounts of medicine that get into the breast
milk do not appear to harm a baby. Medical experts recommend that
breast-feeding women should also take vitamin B6 during TB treatment.
American Thoracic Society, Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention, Infectious Diseases Society of America (2003). Treatment of
tuberculosis. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, 167(4): 603–662.
April 15, 2011
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
& R. Steven Tharratt, MD, MPVM, FACP, FCCP - Pulmonology, Critical Care Medicine, Medical Toxicology
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