Medication-taking behaviour during pregnancy: is it appropriate?

Twigg, Michael ORCID:, Holst, Lone, Desborough, James ORCID: and Wright, David (2010) Medication-taking behaviour during pregnancy: is it appropriate? British Journal of Midwifery, 18 (11). pp. 688-697. ISSN 2052-4307

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The medication-taking behaviour of pregnant women during the first two trimesters of pregnancy was assessed to ascertain whether they were appropriately using over-the-counter (OTC) preparations during pregnancy. 578 (55.7%) women completed and returned a questionnaire, of which 248 (42.9%) reported using one or more medications to treat one of the six common ailments listed in the questionnaire. The majority of medicines purchased were for heartburn and indigestion and which are considered safe to use during pregnancy. However, there were seven (1.9 %) reports of women using oral decongestants which are deemed inappropriate. This study suggests that most women are using available information to make appropriate decisions about OTC medicine use during pregnancy. However, warnings pertaining to the use of oral decongestants may need to be more prominent or woman may need better education on how to interpret them.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Pharmacy
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Patient Care
Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Medicines Management (former - to 2017)
Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Innovations in Pharmacy Education
Depositing User: Rachel Smith
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2011 12:12
Last Modified: 04 Jan 2023 12:30
DOI: 10.12968/bjom.2010.18.11.79558

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