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Drug prescribing for chronic medical disorders during pregnancy: An overview

  • William F. Rayburn
    Correspondence
    Reprint requests: William F. Rayburn, M.D., Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Nebraska Medical Center, 42nd and Dewey Ave., Omaha, NE 68105.
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    Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the University of Nebraska Medical Center Omaha, Nebraska USA

    Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Akron City Hospital, Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine Akron, Ohio USA.
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  • Justin P. Lavin Jr.
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    Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the University of Nebraska Medical Center Omaha, Nebraska USA

    Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Akron City Hospital, Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine Akron, Ohio USA.
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      Abstract

      Women of reproductive age with chronic medical disorders are often concerned about hazards from drug exposure during pregnancy. The avoidance of any medication after conception may be ideal but is often unwise for maternal well-being. Adverse fetal effects are often not clinically apparent. Current standards for prescribing these medications during pregnancy are discussed from a review of the recent literature.

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