In pregnancy, the use of medications (both prescription & over-the-counter) is often managed with great caution. The issue can be compounded by an increased need for medications, as pregnant women can be affected by ailments such as constipation, haemorrhoids, nausea, nasal congestion, heartburn, hypertension, oedema, and an amplification in general aches and pains.
An increased risk of birth defects or miscarriage caused by drugs is a common concern for both parentsto-be and practitioners involved in their care. As such, information surrounding safety of drugs is paramount in minimising potential drug-induced harm to a pregnancy.
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Editor: Assoc. Prof. Chris Alderman, University of South Australia – Director of Pharmacy, RGH © Pharmacy Department, Repatriation General Hospital, Daw Park, South Australia 5041.