Effects of Drugs on Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a special physiological condition where treatment of drug is an important concern as the physiology of pregnancy affects the pharmacokinetics of medication used some medications can reach the foetus and harms them. Medication to pregnant lady cannot be totally avoided since some may have chronic pathological conditions that require continuous or interrupted treatment like asthmaepilepsy and hypertension.  New medical conditions can develop and old ones get worsen during pregnancy requiring drug therapy, which becomes a major problem for child bearing women to take medication whether prescription, over-the counter, or herbal medication. Since the thalidomide era, there has been great awareness about harmful effects of medications on the unborn child (Kacew, 1994; Melton, 1995).

  • Physiological Condition
  • Pharmacokinetics of Medication
  • Chronic Pathological Conditions
  • Asthma, Epilepsy and Hypertension
  • Drug Therapy
  • Herbal Medication

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