Why women are confused about medicines in pregnancy

PREGNANT women are often unsure about taking common, safe OTC medications such as analgesics and worm tablets, according to analysis of calls to a national medicines help line.

And pharmacy researchers say it’s no wonder women are confused, as CMIs usually advise discussing medication with a doctor even if it’s classified in the ‘safe’, or A, category by the TGA.

The researchers analysed nearly 4600 calls over eight years (2002-10) to the NPS MedicineWise-funded call centre, then run by clinical pharmacists from