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DRUG USE IN PREGNANCY: INTRODUCTION

The developing fetus can potentially be affected by any medication given to the mother. The disastrous effects of thalidomide and stilbestrol on the exposed offspring led to the development of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) categories that are now assigned before a drug is released.

Table B-1 lists safe treatments for dermatologic diseases in pregnancy, and the common dermatologic diseases and drugs used for them. The drugs' pregnancy categories are listed in Table B-2.

TABLE B-1Safe Treatments for Dermatologic Disorders During Pregnancy
TABLE B-2Common Dermatologic Diseases, Drugs used, and Their Pregnancy Categories

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