MedShadow Posts 7-Part “Drugs in Pregnancy” Series

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What every pregnant woman should know about the effect of drugs on herself and her baby during the course of her pregnancy. 7-part Drugs in Pregnancy Series covers key areas of concern including nausea, managing chronic medical conditions such as cancer recurrence prevention, antibiotics, and the new FDA labeling regulations related to drugs in pregnancy.

“There is a lack of information available to women on which prescription drugs are relatively safe during pregnancy and which are best to avoid."

MedShadow, a nonprofit online advocacy source that educates consumers on the side effects of prescription medications, is posting “Drugs in Pregnancy: A 7-Part Series Every Pregnant Woman Must Read” from Thursday, April 9 through May 19. Written by noted health journalist Rita Colorito, the articles highlight which medications to avoid during pregnancy, which drugs are safe and how to manage chronic conditions while pregnant. Colorito also covers information on the new FDA prescription drug labeling guidelines for more specific information for pregnant women.

In the first trimester, when the fetus is developing structurally, the danger of taking medication is highest, as this is when birth defects and major malformations can occur. That said, about 90% of pregnant women take at least one medication during their pregnancy, with 70% taking at least 1 prescription drug, according to the National Birth Defects Prevention Study.

“There is a lack of information available to women on which prescription drugs are relatively safe during pregnancy and which are best to avoid. This important series of articles gathers information from experts and studies to help women avoid drugs that might have an adverse effect on their babies," says Suzanne Robotti, founder and president, MedShadow.

Specific topics to be covered in MedShadow’s “Drugs in Pregnancy: A 7-Part Series Every Pregnant Woman Must Read” (http://medshadow.org/features/drugs-in-pregnancy-a-7-part-series-every-pregnant-woman-must-read/) include: painkillers, nausea, cough, cold, flu and allergy; the new FDA drug labeling regulations, antibiotics, sleep, antidepressants and supplements.

About MedShadow: Founded in 2012 by Su Robotti, MedShadow seeks to educate patients and encourage discussion between the consumer and health care provider about the short-term and long-term side effects of medication. MedShadow uses its website and various social media platforms to gather and report news and resources related to the side effects of prescription medications. While recognizing the beneficial, often life-saving effects of drugs, we know that accurate and complete information on side effects is frequently lacking. For more information, visit medshadow.org, "Like" us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

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