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Title : PATTERN OF DRUG PRESCRIBING DURING PREGNANCY IN NEPALESE WOMEN
Authors : *Priyanka Shrestha and Shiva Kumar Bhandari
Abstract : Objective of this study is to assess the utilization pattern and the teratogenesity risk of the drugs prescribed among pregnant women in Nepal. The drugs that were prescribed during pregnancy were assessed retrospectively in 94 Nepalese pregnant women who attended the prenatal clinic of the two Hospitals in Nepal.&nbsp; From Patient medical record, FDA drug category of prescribed drugs was identified. Maximum number of pregnant women was from age grouping 15 to 25 (72%). According to FDA drug category, our finding reveals that two drugs prescribed of FDA category X were oxytocin and dydrogesterone. A majority of drugs prescribed were from category B (42%). A majority of drugs were given as an oral dosage form i.e. Tablet form (56%) and in severe cases injection was preferred i.e. 24%. Anthelminthic was prescribed to all pregnant women during their second trimester. The most commonly prescribed drugs were nutritional supplements like Iron, Folate, Calcium, Vitamins followed by Tetanus Toxoid. <br />

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