Pregnancy, Lactation and Drugs in Dermatology: Topical Therapy

  • Artur César Serviço de Dermatologia e Venereologia/Dermatology Department, Centro Hospitalar São João, Porto, Portugal; Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade do Porto/Medical School, Oporto University, Porto, Portugal
  • Filomena Azevedo Serviço de Dermatologia e Venereologia/Dermatology Department, Centro Hospitalar São João, Porto, Portugal
  • Alberto Mota Serviço de Dermatologia e Venereologia/Dermatology Department, Centro Hospitalar São João, Porto, Portugal; Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade do Porto/Medical School, Oporto University, Porto, Portugal
Keywords: Administration, Topical, Dermatologic Agents, Drug-Related Side Effects and Adverse Reactions, Lactation, Pregnancy, Pregnancy Complications, Skin Diseases/drug therapy


The increasing number of drugs used in dermatological a venereological practice demands from the dermatologist an updated knowledge on their safety. In the case of pregnant women or those breastfeeding, the decision on whether or not to prescribe a particular drug must be based on a thoughtful evaluation of the benefits for maternal health and the potential risks to fetus' or infant's well-being. Whenever these patients require topical or systemic therapies, most can be adequately treated with safe and effective options. This part of this article discusses the most recent data on the safety of some of the most commonly used topical drugs in the dermatological context, in women of childbearing age.


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How to Cite
César, A., Azevedo, F., & Mota, A. (2017). Pregnancy, Lactation and Drugs in Dermatology: Topical Therapy. Journal of the Portuguese Society of Dermatology and Venereology, 75(1), 19-26.
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