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Obstetrics and Gynecology International
Volume 2012, Article ID 796590, 5 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/796590
Review Article

Adherence with Drug Therapy in Pregnancy

Child Health Research Institute, Departments of Pediatrics and Medicine, Children's Hospital, London Health Sciences Centre, The University of Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada N6C 2V5

Received 15 September 2011; Accepted 12 October 2011

Academic Editor: Gideon Koren

Copyright © 2012 Doreen Matsui. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Available information suggests that nonadherence with medication is a common problem in pregnant women. Not taking prescribed drugs may have potentially negative consequences as patients may not achieve their therapeutic goal. In addition to the many factors that may influence medication-taking behaviour in the general population, unique challenges are encountered in pregnant women as both maternal health and fetal well-being must be considered. On the one hand, pregnant women may be motivated to keep their underlying disease under control, while, on the other hand, fear and anxiety regarding the potential harmful effects of their medication on their unborn child may result in poor adherence with needed medication. Providing evidence-based information, ideally preconceptually, regarding the effects of their medication during pregnancy may be important in avoiding misperceptions that lead to nonadherence.