Prescription medication use before and during pregnancy
Information in English
Here you find statistics on women’s prescription medicines use before and during pregnancy. The statistics arises from a linkage between The Medical Birth Register and The Register of Medicinal Products Statistics on prescriptions from private pharmacies. All women who gave birth in Denmark are included. We show number of women purchasing the medication categorized by ATC codes for different periods prior to the pregnancy, the total pregnancy and trimesters. For comparison, we calculated the same for women in the background population (controls). The controls were ten women per pregnant woman with the same age and region of residence.
There are three tables
· Base table, shows number of women per medicine/ATC code at all levels and all sales
· Age groups, Same as base table but split by age groups and ATC only on higher levels
· Change in medicines, for every woman is calculated whether she used the medicine only prior to or only during the pregnancy or both periods. Medicines/ATC codes on all levels
Note that we show number of women who purchased the specific medication from a prescription at least once during the specified period. Calculated figures are not a direct measure of use; because a woman can buy a medicine without taken, it as well as she can have taken medicines during pregnancy that were not purchased during pregnancy but only prior to becoming pregnant. Medications not included here are hospital use, over the counter purchases or medicines bought outside Denmark including internet purchases.
IMPORTANT regarding number of persons
It is not possible to add up "Number of women" from two different ATC codes, because the same woman may in some cases end up being counted several times.