Mary Ann Faucher is a graduate of Columbia University in New York City where she received her midwifery education and her master's degree in nursing and public health. She is on the faculty of the Parkland School of Nurse-Midwifery in Dallas, Texas, and the Institute of Midwifery, Women, and Health. Previously, she coordinated the pharmacology course at Frontier Nursing School of Midwifery (CNEP). Her interest in pharmacology began in 1987 when she was appointed chair of the Political and Economic Affairs Committee of the American College of Nurse-Midwifery (ACNM) and with developing a resource guide on how to obtain prescriptive authority. Ms. Faucher has gained extensive experience since that time in lecturing on a wide variety of pharmacologic topics. Between 1992 and 1993, she and Mary C. Brucker served as faculty for the ACNM Continuing Education Workshops on Pharmacology that were presented in various cities across the country.
PHARMACOLOGIC MANAGEMENT OF COMMON GASTROINTESTINAL HEALTH PROBLEMS IN WOMEN
Article first published online: 31 DEC 2010
1997 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Nurse-Midwifery
Volume 42, Issue 3, pages 145–162, May-June 1997
How to Cite
Brucker, M. C. and Faucher, M. A. (1997), PHARMACOLOGIC MANAGEMENT OF COMMON GASTROINTESTINAL HEALTH PROBLEMS IN WOMEN. Journal of Nurse-Midwifery, 42: 145–162. doi: 10.1016/S0091-2182(97)00031-1
- Issue published online: 31 DEC 2010
- Article first published online: 31 DEC 2010
A wide variety of drugs are available for the treatment of common gastrointestinal health problems in women, including minor or serious as well as acute or chronic conditions. The midwife needs to be current in the pharmacology of over-the-counter as well as prescriptive agents for both pregnant and nonpregnant women. The drug classifications reviewed in this article include antacids, H2 receptor antagonists, antimicrobials, proton pumps, antiemetics, emetics, cholinergics, laxatives, prokinetics, and antidiarrheals. In addition, the physiologic principles are reviewed to enhance the understanding of how these drugs work.