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March 4, 2020

Oral and Topical Terbinafine for Fungal Infections in Pregnancy

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Dermatology, University of California, San Francisco
  • 2University of California School of Medicine, San Francisco
  • 3Department of Dermatology, Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group, Mountain View, California
JAMA Dermatol. 2020;156(4):371-372. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2019.5036

Dermatologists face difficult questions about the safety of topical and systemic medications during pregnancy and lactation. Safety data regarding these medications can be limited to case studies, animal models, or small cohort studies that lack statistical power. Given the ethical complexities of pregnancy, randomized clinical trials evaluating the use of potentially teratogenic medications are often unfeasible; thus, large cohort studies are typically needed to inform practice.

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