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Medicines that Can Save a Woman’s Life
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Starting a community emergency medicine kit is one way you can help save the lives of women where you live. The medicines in this chart will help you start treatment until other medical help is available. Make sure these medicines are in your kit or at the nearest health post. If you need to buy them, try meeting with leaders in your community. Explain how these medicines can help, and see if you can find ways together to buy them.
What to include in a medicine kit:
|pelvic infection (PID):||tablets: amoxicillin,azithromycin, doxycycline,erythromycin, metronidazole|
for injection: ceftriaxone, spectinomycin
|kidney infection:||tablets: ciprofloxacin, cotrimoxazole |
for injection: gentamicin, ceftriaxone
|bleeding after birth, abortion, or miscarriage:||oxytocin, ergometrine, or misoprostol|
|infection after birth, abortion, or miscarriage:||tablets: doxycycline, erythromycin, metronidazole|
for injection: ampicillin, ceftriaxone, clindamycin, gentamicin
|eclampsia during pregnancy or after birth:||diazepam or magnesium sulfate|
|emergency pregnancy prevention (after rape, broken condom, or other emergency):||Combined birth control pills, minipills, or special emergency contraception pills.|
|allergic reaction to antibiotic:||epinephrine,
hydrocortisone or dexamethasone