It is important to complete an individual risk assessment for your patient and to apply the principles of prescribing during pregnancy when looking at the available information and making treatment decisions. Check to see if a risk assessment has already been completed by the specialist team.
NICE provides good pre-conception advice on asthma:
- It is important to take asthma medication as prescribed, both before conception and throughout the pregnancy, to maintain good asthma control.
- Treatment of controlled asthma requires little modification in pregnancy.
- The risks from uncontrolled asthma are much greater than the risk from asthma treatment during pregnancy.
- Steroid tablets should be used as normal in the pre-conception period and during pregnancy and never withheld because of pregnancy.
You should check if there is local guidance for you to use in your area.
Pregnancy outcome information
Each of the UKTIS summaries has corresponding Best Use of Medicines in pregnancy (BUMPS) patient information.