Suggestions for Prescribing Medication in
Use medication only if absolutely indicated.
- Avoid initiating therapy during the
- Select a medication with a proven
track record in human pregnancy.
- Use a
- Use the lowest effective dose.
- Discourage the use of over-the
counter drugs that might interact with prescription medications.
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Medications recommended as first line agents
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World Health Organization, 2002
Package insert information on prescription drugs.
Common Drugs of Abuse
National Institute on Drug Abuse web site for physicians and other health
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in Pregnancy Motherisk's published studies on the safety or risk of specific
drugs during pregnancy
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Drug Safety in Lactation
FDA Use in Pregnancy Ratings
MotherToBaby (Organization of Teratology
Information Specialists) has compiled "fact sheets" on
various exposures of concern. Fact Sheets answer frequently asked questions
about exposures during pregnancy.
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LactMed -Drugs and Lactation Database (LactMed) - A peer-reviewed and fully referenced database of drugs to which breastfeeding mothers may be exposed. Among the data included are maternal and infant levels of drugs, possible effects on breastfed infants and on lactation, and alternate drugs to consider.
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|Factors that Appear to Determine the Extent of Placental
Transfer of Drugs Administered to the Mother [1-5]
- The molecular weight of the drug;
Drugs with molecular weights (MW) less than 500 D appear to
cross the placenta easily, drugs with MW greater than 500
transfer across the human placenta. Drugs with very high MW , such
as insulin with a M.W ~ 5800 do not normally cross the placenta.
- The pKa (pH at which the drug is 50%
ionised); Strongly dissociated acid drug molecules should have an
incomplete transfer, but this does not seem to be an absolute rule
- Physiological properties of the
placenta (blood flow, gestational age)
- Expression and activity of metabolizing
enzymes and efflux transporters (e.g. ATP-binding
cassette (ABC) transporters ). For example placental
11beta-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase 2 (11beta-HSD2) enzyme
inactivates prednisolone by interconversion into
prednisone , and ABC transporters pump tenofovir disoproxil
fumarate from trophoblast back to maternal circulation.
- The extent of drug binding to plasma protein
does not appear to influence the type of drug transfer across the
human placenta to a significant degree.
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disoproxil fumarate with drug efflux transporters ABCB1, ABCG2, and
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transporters in the efflux of glyburide, rosiglitazone, and
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