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Medicines in a nutshell

Verena Arzbach & Marta Campbell
13.05.2014  15:28 Uhr

When it comes to advising foreign-language customers, PTA can score points with a good command of English. PTA-Forum has compiled the most important English vocabulary, advice and questions on the subject of "Medicines in pregnancy".

Pregnancy actually is a time of happy anticipation. However, many women suffer from morning sickness, heartburn, varicose veins or haemorrhoids during the course of the nine months. In some cases, taking medication cannot be avoided. PTA and pharmacists need to follow certain rules in their choice of over-the-counter drugs, so as not to put the unborn child at risk.

In general, the pregnant woman should only take any medication if the disorders cannot be relieved in any other way. PTA or pharmacists should recommend a substance that has been on the market for a long period of time and is classified to be safe. In addition, they should advise against any combination preparations. If possible – for example in the case of varicose veins – the expectant mother should apply a topical form (a skin balm or cream or an ointment) to the affected area instead of taking pills, capsules or dragees (sugar-coated tablets).

Basically the following applies: During pregnancy, any medication should be taken as briefly as possible and in the lowest effective dose. If the disorders are severe, the expectant mother should consult a doctor.

Important Questions for the Consultation:

  • What type of problems do you have exactly?
  • In which week/month of the pregnancy are you?
  • What have you already tried to relieve the problem?
  • Have you already taken any medication?
  • Would you like to try a homoeopathic preparation?
  • Are you chronically ill and therefore have to take medication permanently?

Additional Information

  • You should not treat the problem yourself. Please consult a doctor.
  • If you suffer from morning sickness, you should eat smaller meals through­out the day. It might also help to chew a piece of crisp-bread before getting up.
  • A diet rich in fibres will help to avoid constipation and the development of haemorrhoids.
  • Regular exercise such as cycling, swimming or walks can help to provide swollen legs and varicose veins.
Deutsch / German Englisch / English
Schwangerschaft pregnancy
Morgenübelkeit morning sickness
Sodbrennen heartburn
Krampfadern varicose veins
Salbe ointment
Kapsel capsule
Ballaststoffe fibres
Verstopfung constipation
Vocabulary on pregnancy