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Table 2 Distribution of Drug Classes prescribed to pregnant women.

From: Drug-prescribing patterns during pregnancy in the tertiary care hospitals of Pakistan: a cross sectional study

Pharmacological Class Gestational age (Trimester)  
  First n Second n Third n Total n
  (%) (%) (%) (%)
Anti-anemic/vitamin and mineral supplements 491 (75.5) 1577 (78.8) 2775 (80.5) 4843 (79.4)
Analgesics (including opioids) 50 (7.7) 132 (6.6) 200 (5.8) 382 (6.2)
Anti-platelets/anti-coagulants 11 (1.7) 21 (1.1) 23 (0.7) 55 (0.9)
Estrogens/anti-estrogen 1 (0.6) 4 (0.4) 10 (0.9) 15 (0.2)
Progesterones 5 (0.8) 30 (1.5) 30 (0.9) 65 (1.1)
Corticosteroids (oral, injectable, inhalational and topical) 5 (0.8) 40 (2.0) 71 (2.1) 116 (1.9)
Antacids 6 (0.9) 32 (1.6) 34 (1.0) 72 (1.2)
Anti-histamines 8 (1.2) 10 (0.5) 18 (0.5) 36 (0.6)
Anti-emetics 31 (4.8) 30 (1.5) 32 (0.9) 93 (1.5)
Anti-bacterial (oral and topical) 10 (1.5) 32 (1.6) 91 (2.6) 133 (2.2)
Anti-fungal (oral and topical) 0 (0.0) 2 (0.1) 21 (0.6) 23 (0.4)
Anti-helminthic 2 (0.3) 3 (0.1) 13 (0.4) 18 (0.3)
Anti-asthmatic (oral and inhalational) 5 (0.8) 13 (0.6) 17 (0.5) 35 (0.6)
Anti-cholinergics 12 (1.8) 49 (2.4) 73 (2.1) 134 (2.2)
CNS drugs including anti- epileptics 4 (0.6) 9 (0.4) 13 (0.4) 26 (0.4)
Miscellaneous 9 (1.4) 18 (0.9) 27 (0.8) 54 (0.9)
Total 650 (100.0) 2002 (100.0) 3448 (100.0) 6100 (100.0)