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June 16, 2011

Dear Colleague,

All of the articles in our More Resources for this issue would have been very helpful to me when I was studying women's health in my nurse practitioner program. I still get a lot of questions from friends and family about medication use in pregnancy, so I thought I'd put together this table of common over-the-counter drugs and their pregnancy risk categories. Maybe it will come in handy for you too!



Medication Pregnancy Risk Category
acetaminophen B
aspirin C, D in 3rd trimester (full dose)
ibuprofen C, D in 3rd trimester
cimetidine, ranitidine, nizatidine, and famotidine B
loperamide, kaolin pectin B
omeprazole C
pseudoephedrine C
simethicone C

Reference: Facts & Comparisons® 4.0

Don't miss our next issue which will focus on legal issues, plus recent articles and CEs too!

Over-The-Counter Medications And Pregnancy: An Integrative Review CE

Menopausal Hormone Therapy: What We Know Now CE

Occupational Hazards for Pregnant Nurses CE

AJN Reports: Women's Health: Progress, Not Perfection

Eating Disorders & Breastfeeding CE

Politics, Power, and Birth

Sexually Speaking: The Whole Truth About IUDs CE

Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP
Clinical Edito

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