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2006, vol. 56, iss. 3, pp. 225-239
Safe use of herbal drugs during pregnancy and lactation
aUniversity of Belgrade, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmacognosy
bMilitary Medical Academy, Institute for Scientific Information, Belgrade
Keywords: pregnancy; lactation; herbal drugs; contraindications; pregnancy-related disorders; stimulation of lactation
Pregnancy is very specific period in which special warnings in drug use, including herbal drugs are recommended. This is related on period of lactation, too, since all drugs distributed and excreted into human milk potentially producing effects on nursing babies. There are no limits for use during pregnancy and lactation only for few herbal drugs. Some herbal drugs are contraindicated for use in these conditions due to their known adverse effects on fetus and newborns. However, for most herbal drugs there are no data, or they are very scarce, on the use during pregnancy and lactation. According to general recommendations in these cases, such herbal drugs should only be used after consulting a physician or under his supervision. However, for safety reasons, their use should be avoided every time if it is possible, especially in the first trimester when a fetus is the most vulnerable. Some herbal drugs can be used for therapy of pregnancy-related conditions (e.g. ginger for nausea and vomiting, and Lini semen, Plantaginis ovatae semen/testa and Psyilii semen for constipation). The use of herbal drugs for stimulation of lactation is traditional, and for none of them a clinical confirmation on efficacy and safety exist.
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