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Authors

  1. Tillett, Jackie ND, CNM
  2. Kostich, Loryjean Medved MSN, CNM
  3. VandeVusse, Leona PhD, CNM, FACNM

Abstract

The use of over-the-counter medications by pregnant women is common. Over-the-counter medications are widely assumed to be harmless because they may be purchased without prescription. Some consumers do not consider them to be drugs. Women may not realize that over-the-counter medications have the potential to harm them or their fetuses. This article reviews selected over-the-counter medications commonly used by pregnant women, including pharmacology, risks, Food and Drug Administration risk classifications, and strategies for counseling clients.