Medicines For Women

  • Mira Harrison-Woolrych

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Prescribing Medicines for Women: General Principles and Consideration of Special Sub-populations

  3. Specific Medicinal Products for Women: Benefits and Risks

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 139-139
    2. Julie Craik, Louise Melvin
      Pages 141-180
    3. Katarina Ilic
      Pages 203-225
    4. Margaret Stanley
      Pages 271-289
    5. Wayne R. Gillett, David Jones
      Pages 291-330
    6. Stuart Ralston
      Pages 345-371
    7. Sheila M. Wicks, Gail B. Mahady
      Pages 373-399
  4. International Perspectives on Medicines for Women and Risk Communication

About this book


In this definitive new text, the major medicines, devices and vaccines used by women worldwide are brought together for the first time in a single volume. Written and edited by international experts with an evidence-based approach, Medicines for Women offers a comprehensive summary of all key areas. In the first part, issues relating to female drug exposure and prescribing to subgroups of women – for example during pregnancy and lactation, and to adolescent women – are presented in the context of contemporary clinical practice. In the second part, specific groups of medicines are reviewed, including oral contraceptives (with an additional chapter on venous thromboembolism), emergency contraception, contraceptive devices, treatment of chronic pelvic pain, hormone replacement therapy, bisphosphonates, herbal medicines for women, and human papilloma virus vaccines. Every chapter reviews and summarizes the efficacy and safety of each group of products and concludes with a useful set of clinical ‘take-home’ messages. In the third part of the book, broader perspectives are presented – from a primary-care overview of prescribing for women, through to regulatory, political and religious aspects, including issues in developing countries. The two final chapters focus on communicating the benefits and risks of medicines for women.

This book is aimed at prescribers, other healthcare professionals and students of women’s health throughout the world. It is an extremely valuable resource for all in clinical practice, for students of medicine, nursing, pharmacy and related sciences, and also for those in medicines regulation, pharmacovigilance and the pharmaceutical industry.


Efficacy and safety medicines for women Medicines for women Pharmacovigilance Prescribing for female patients Risks and benefits of women’s medicines

Editors and affiliations

  • Mira Harrison-Woolrych
    • 1
  1. 1.Dean’s Department, Dunedin School of MedicineUniversity of OtagoDunedinNew Zealand

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Adis, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-12405-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-12406-3
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