Prescribed and unprescribed drug use among pregnant patients attended by the Unified Health System in Santa Rosa (State of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil)
Brum, L.F.d.S.; Pereira, P.; Felicetti, L.L.; da Silveira, R.D.
Ciencia and Saude Coletiva 16(5): 2435-2442
ISSN/ISBN: 1678-4561 PMID: 21655716 DOI: 10.1590/s1413-81232011000500012
In order to ascertain the use of prescribed and unprescribed drugs among pregnant patients of the Unified Health System (SUS), a descriptive study comprised of a sample of pregnant women was carried out in the city of Santa Rosa, State of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Data were collected by means of structured interviews and consultation of patient records of pregnant women in the prenatal period. The prevalence of drug use was 90%, corresponding to an average of 4.1 drugs per pregnant woman, of which 83.6% were prescribed and 16.4% were self-medicated. Of this total, 17.5% of the drugs were included in fetal risk category C. The use of drugs during pregnancy is frequent and the majority of the pregnant women used one or more prescribed and unprescribed drugs during pregnancy. These data suggest the need for preventive measures to promote rational drug use during pregnancy.