The pharmacovigilance is the science that deals with the way of collecting, monitoring, investigating and evaluating information about the effects of medicines, biological products, medicinal plants and traditional medicines, with the aim of identifying new information about adverse reactions and prevent damage to patients. (NOM 220-SSA1-2012, Installation and operation of pharmacovigilance, Mexico).
Is it important to know this before I get pregnant, during my pregnancy and / or during breastfeeding?OF COURSE , because taking into account the biochemical properties of the medicines and the medical objective with which your doctor prescribes in clinical judgment, it is expected that the pregnancy will be within a normal development according to the standards and with minimal risk. The administration of medications must be indicated by your Gynecologist.
What pregnant women are exempt from such "pharmacological" surveillance?NONE , since in the market, no pharmacological molecule (drug) is absolutely safe, each and every one of them, have side effects, contraindications, interactions, etc ..., in any of its presentations as " medical drugs and / or commercial drugs. "
Who should I tell about the medications I "usually take"?To your TREATMENT PHYSICIAN ; It is very important and indispensable that when you start your prenatal care or the continuation of it, talk and clarify all the doubts with your doctor, about the treatment objectives and / or side effects of it, because currently, in most of the patients, the consumption of pharmacological molecules (medicines) is very common not only for pregnancy, but also for other needs such as:
- Diabetes Mellitus.
- Arterial Hypertension.
- Metabolic syndrome.
- Endocrine Disorders.
- Diseases of mood and / or personality disorder.
- Weight control.