Monday, 07 November 2011
On a recent issue of Student Pharmacist, pharmacists discussed the importance that it reads that there are certain medications for pregnant patients, or patients that are breastfeeding.
Did you know that taking even the safest over the counter drug can be potentially fatal?
So pregnant/lactating patients: What do you do if you must relieve heartburn, pain, and common cold? Or want to take dietary supplements?
The safest option to treat heartburn is nonpharmacologic treatments. Unless it's severe, consult your pharmacist, and otherwise change your diet-- small frequent meals, avoid food before bedtime. Antacids containing calcium carbonate, calcium, aluminum is a good option. Tums is a good option!
The safest option for pain is acetaminophen, which is your generic for Tylenol. However, if you are lactating, be very cautious, as that medication enters your breastmilk. NSAIDs, such as Advil, Aleve, etc. should be avoided during pregnancy, and used with caution during breastfeeding. You should consult your doctor or pharmacist for this.
Common cold and allergies:
Again, use nonpharmacologic methods, such as resting, drinking fluids, and using a humidifer.
You should take Folic acid, Calcium, Iron, B12, C and D.
Remember that not all vitamins are good-- Vitamin A is dangerous during pregnancy. Usually you get all the Vitamin A you need find your diet.
More information is provided here.
Source: APhA Vol 7 Number 6