The Prevalence of Drug Consumption Pregnancy

Edcarla Silva de Oliveira, Anne Fayma Lopes Chaves, Hérica Cristina Alves de Vasconcelos, Rebeca Silveira Rocha, Fabricio Da Silva Costa

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Objectives: to estimate the consumption of drugs during pregnancy and to evaluate related teratogenic risks.
Method: a quantitative cross-sectional study of 97 pregnant women in the third trimester in the city of Quixeramobim, Ceará State, in the Northeast region of Brazil. The form used was adapted from the Teratogen Information System. In our analysis, we considered A- and B-class pregnancies as low teratogenic risk, according to the Food and Drug Administration, and pregnancies classified as C, D, and X as high risk. The project was approved by the Committee of Research Ethics, protocol number 20110198.
Results: 99% of the pregnant women took medication, with an average of 3.7 drug types per woman. As for teratogenic risk, 6.3% of the women were A, 48.4% B, 14.7% C, 7.4% D e 23.2% X. 8.9% of the women used tobacco products, 5.2% consumed alcohol, and 7.2% used drugs.
Conclusion: there was an elevated exposure to medication and drugs associated with high teratogenic risk during pregnancy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6083 - 6092
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Nursing UFPE
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2013
Externally publishedYes

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