Pregnancy: a campaign to learn about taking medication

In a campaign, the National Medicines Safety Agency (ANSM) reminds pregnant women of the proper use of medicines during pregnancy.

Pregnant women: an information campaign on taking medication

Medicines are not taken lightly during pregnancy. While it is not necessarily recommended to throw them all in the trash, pregnant women should be careful about their use. To guide it, the National Medicines Safety Agency (Ansm) launched an information campaign on Wednesday, June 2, 2021 with the slogan: “ Pregnant, drugs, it’s not just any old way “.

According to the results of the survey “ Medicines and pregnancy: practices and perceptions of young mothers, pregnant women or women planning to become pregnant », Carried out by the Viavoice institute for Ansm between November 2019 and November 2020, only three out of ten women say they are sufficiently informed about the risks associated with medication during pregnancy. This study also reveals that among women who take long-lasting prescription medication, only 17% stop taking it during pregnancy, 29% without talking to a doctor.

Four golden rules to follow during pregnancy

For safe use, the Medicines Agency sets out the four golden rules to be followed to the letter for nine months: prepare for pregnancy with your doctor or midwife, do not do self-medication, do not stop treatment on your own and inform all health professionals consulted.

Some drugs, even the most common, may pose risks to the unborn child. “This is the case, for example, of drugs from the class of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen or aspirin which should never be taken after the 5th month of pregnancy. », Recalls the Ansm.

Attention, women taking chronic treatment and discovering their pregnancy must inform their doctor as soon as possible. “It is he who will assess the advisability of continuing, modifying or stopping the treatment, in order to guarantee the safety of the patient and that of her unborn child. If necessary, he will refer the woman to specialized health professionals ”, underlines the Ansm.