Drug utilization patterns during antenatal period

*, Rathnakar U. P and Singh, Neha (2011) Drug utilization patterns during antenatal period. Journal of Pharmacy Research, 4 (10). pp. 3559-3561. ISSN 0974-6943

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Introduction: The rationale for use of drugs during pregnancy requires a careful assessment as in addition to the mother, the health and life of her unborn child is also at stake. Careful consideration of the benefit to the mother and the risk to the fetus is required when prescribing drugs during pregnancy. Recommendation to avoid all drugs during pregnancy is unrealistic and may be dangerous. Evidence available shows that physicians prescribe surprisingly large number of drugs. Objective: To evaluate the patterns of drug prescriptions to pregnant women in tertiary care government hospital . Methods: All pregnant women [509] attending antenatal clinic for consecutive two months in a government hospital were included in the study, after taking individual written informed consent. Each patient after the antenatal check up was interviewed and information documented in a specific data collection format designed for the study. Results and discussion: Majority of the respondents [74.5%] were illiterate. But in spite of illiteracy the women were fairly well informed about some of the crucial issues in pregnancy like periodicity of antenatal check up, need to take some drug supplements during pregnancy and to avoid certain drugs. Majority of the respondents [57.2%] said that they do not indulge in self medication. All essential supplements were supplied free of cost by the state and all patients were prescribed the required medication. Drugs like Albendazole and ciprofloxacin which are not considered very safe in pregnancy were used 24 and three patients respectively.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: drug utilization, pregnancy, polypharmacy
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Mangalore > Pharmacology
Depositing User: KMCMLR User
Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2012 06:27
Last Modified: 17 Jan 2012 06:27
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/2634

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