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Prescribing in pregnancy

Peter Rubin

in Oxford Textbook of Medicine

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Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780199204854
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199570973 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.1418

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Prescribing in pregnancy

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Only prescribe if it is essential to do so—the guiding principle when prescribing in pregnancy, or in a woman who may become pregnant, is to use no drug at all if possible. If it is necessary to prescribe, then use the smallest number of drugs in the lowest possible doses, balancing the benefits of treatment for the mother against what (if anything) is known about its risks to the developing baby. Prepregnancy evaluation is invaluable for chronic conditions....

Chapter.  4157 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Obstetrics

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