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Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2016 Jun;214(6):698-702. doi: 10.1016/j.ajog.2016.01.187. Epub 2016 Feb 2.

Clinical management of medications in pregnancy and lactation.

Author information

1
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Washington University in St Louis, St. Louis, MO. Electronic address: temmingl@wudosis.wustl.edu.
2
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Washington University in St Louis, St. Louis, MO.
3
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA.

Abstract

Prescription and over-the-counter medication use during pregnancy and lactation is exceedingly common. There are many available resources to gather information and guide patient counseling. These include primary literature, online resources, professional society recommendations, and drug labels. One must consider both disease and drug characteristics when making decisions on medication use during pregnancy and lactation. Providers can then use this information to balance the risks of fetal or neonatal exposure against the potential benefits of maternal treatment and the risks of untreated disease.

KEYWORDS:

medications in lactation; medications in pregnancy; psychiatric medications in pregnancy

PMID:
26844758
PMCID:
PMC4884467
DOI:
10.1016/j.ajog.2016.01.187
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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