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Overview

Drugs for Pregnant and Lactating Women, 2nd Edition, by Carl P. Weiner, MD, MBA, FACOG, and Catalin Buhimschi, MD, is a must-have reference that details how virtually all of today’s drugs and herbal supplements interact with pregnancy and lactation. Updated thoroughly and covering nearly 2,000 substances, the new edition explains whether each drug is FDA-approved for use by expecting or nursing mothers...is known to be safe for use...or is known to pose a danger. An alphabetical organization by both trade and generic name...a special index listing drugs by category...and an easy-to-read page format make reference more efficient. As an Expert Consult title, it now includes fully searchable convenient online access to the complete contents of the book at www.expertconsult.com.

• Describes each substance's mechanism of action, side effects, drug-drug interactions, dosage, cost of therapy, and degree of safety during pregnancy or lactation, providing the thorough details you need to choose the most effective course of treatment.

• Indicates not only whether the FDA has approved a drug based on clinical trials, but also whether the drug is generally considered to be safe in the absence of FDA approval.

• Includes over-the-counter drugs and alternative medications as well as prescription drugs, to give you a broad background of available drugs.

• Features an alphabetical organization by both trade and generic name...a special index listing drugs by category...and an easy-to-read page format that make reference more efficient.

• Uses an eye-catching icon to highlight known teratogens.

• Examines new drugs that have been introduced to the market since the publication of the previous edition, and presents revised or new information for all current listings, to keep you current.

• Offers access to the full text online at www.expertconsult.com for convenient reference from any practice location.

• Provides drug interaction information to make you aware of the possible implications of using more than one drug in combination.

• Includes international drug names to give this reference an international perspective.

Your purchase entitles you to access the web site until the next edition is published, or until the current edition is no longer offered for sale by Elsevier, whichever occurs first. If the next edition is published less than one year after your purchase, you will be entitled to online access for one year from your date of purchase. Elsevier reserves the right to offer a suitable replacement product (such as a downloadable or CD-ROM-based electronic version) should access to the web site be discontinued.

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Editorial Reviews

Doody Reviews
Reviewer: Anthony Shanks, MD (Washington University School of Medicine)
Description: This is the second edition of a reference for healthcare providers on the safety and effects of medications used by pregnant or lactating women.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a comprehensive, easy to use desk reference for any drug that women may use during pregnancy and the postpartum period.
Audience: The intended audience includes physicians, residents, students, and nurses.
Features: Medication names are alphabetized, which makes locating one relatively easy. The authors have designed this book to be used internationally, hence the long list of international brand names under the heading of each medication. However, drugs are listed under their generic name only, making it difficult for users who may only know the trade name of a drug to find a particular medication. Included in the appendix is information on FDA pregnancy risk categories, but the lactation category is never explained in the book. The only reference to the lactation category I found was in small print at the end of the introduction section stating that the lactation category was a "code assigned by the editors." The lack of illustrations makes prolonged reading difficult, but the searchable online version is an excellent addition, given the bulk of the book.
Assessment: This book succeeds in delivering information quickly and efficiently. Its main competition is the Drugs in Pregnancy and Lactation: A Reference Guide to Fetal and Neonatal Risk , 8th edition, Briggs et al. (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2008). The layout is similar in both books, but there is more text in the Briggs book. That can be viewed as both a positive (more info) and a negative (more reading to get to the pertinent facts). Overall, this drug reference will be helpful to healthcare providers.
Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Anthony Shanks, MD (Washington University School of Medicine)
Description: This is the second edition of a reference for healthcare providers on the safety and effects of medications used by pregnant or lactating women.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a comprehensive, easy to use desk reference for any drug that women may use during pregnancy and the postpartum period.
Audience: The intended audience includes physicians, residents, students, and nurses.
Features: Medication names are alphabetized, which makes locating one relatively easy. The authors have designed this book to be used internationally, hence the long list of international brand names under the heading of each medication. However, drugs are listed under their generic name only, making it difficult for users who may only know the trade name of a drug to find a particular medication. Included in the appendix is information on FDA pregnancy risk categories, but the lactation category is never explained in the book. The only reference to the lactation category I found was in small print at the end of the introduction section stating that the lactation category was a "code assigned by the editors." The lack of illustrations makes prolonged reading difficult, but the searchable online version is an excellent addition, given the bulk of the book.
Assessment: This book succeeds in delivering information quickly and efficiently. Its main competition is the Drugs in Pregnancy and Lactation: A Reference Guide to Fetal and Neonatal Risk, 8th edition, Briggs et al. (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2008). The layout is similar in both books, but there is more text in the Briggs book. That can be viewed as both a positive (more info) and a negative (more reading to get to the pertinent facts). Overall, this drug reference will be helpful to healthcare providers.
From the Publisher
“The information contained in this book has never before appeared in one place. Without it, one struggles to find information in the voluminous small print of the Physician's Desk Reference, in textbooks, or in a complex MEDLINE search...For the authors, Drugs for Pregnant and Lactating Women must have been a labor of extraordinary devotion. We will be thanking them for a long time.” — Fertility and Sterility, review of the last edition.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416040132
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 5/21/2009
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 1120
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 1.90 (d)

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