ACTA Pharmaceutica Sciencia 2021 , Vol 59 , Num 4
Evaluation of Medication and Herbal Product Use Among Pregnant Women
Rashida Muhammad UMAR 1 Rabia BEŞİROĞLU 1 Ayşe Kevser ŞAHİN 1 Emine Karataş KOÇBERBER 1 Cengizhan CEYLAN 3
1 İstanbul Medipol University, School of Pharmacy, Department of Clinical Pharmacy
2 Marmara University, Institute of Health Sciences, Department of Clinical Pharmacy
3 Selçuk University, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Clinical Pharmacy
DOI : 10.23893/1307-2080.APS.05936 The use of medications and herbal products among women increases after pregnancy. The purpose of the study is to evaluate the frequency of medication used and analyzed them based on the FDA pregnancy risk categories. This cross-sectional study was conducted on 300 adult volunteers attending antenatal care in a university- affiliated hospital. Medications were classified according to the FDA pregnancy risk classification. In 97,7% of women, the use of at least one medication during pregnancy. The median count for Category A medications was 2. Category C and B medications were reported by 100 (33,3%) and 53 women (17,7%). There was a significant difference between the education level and the use of herbal products (p=0.043). Pharmacists should take a greater role in educating pregnant women and women of childbearing age about the possible consequences of medications on the development of the fetus and guide healthcare practitioners in choosing the most appropriate medications. Keywords : Medication use, herbal product use, pregnancy, FDA risk category

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