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Medicines that Can Save a Woman’s Life

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HealthWiki > Where Women Have No Doctor > Chapter 31: Use of Medicines in Women's Health > Medicines that Can Save a Woman’s Life


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:


Problem Medicine
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, diphenhydramine,
hydrocortisone or dexamethasone



This page was updated:11 Sep 2017
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