Ibuprofen can double the risk of miscarriage

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Ibuprofen 'can double the risk of miscarriage' and many
expectant mothers are unaware of the dangers.

Pregnant women who take painkillers such as ibuprofen are twice as likely
to suffer a miscarriage, a study claims.
Scientists warn that tens of thousands of expectant mothers are taking the pills
unaware of the dangers.
A major study has found that women who took ibuprofen or similar painkillers
just before they conceived until the 20th week of pregnancy were 2.4 times more at risk.​
Although there are clear warnings on the drugs’ packets stating they should not be used in pregnancy,
as many as one in six expectant mothers still take them.
The study involved a group of painkillers known as Non-Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs​
or NSAIDS, which include over-the-counter ibuprofen and naproxen.​
Aspirin is also in this category although it wasnt included in the study,​
while paracetamol is deemed safe.​
A study has found women who took ibuprofen just before they conceived
until the 20th week of pregnancy were 2.4 times more likely to miscarry.
The researchers believe taking any number of the drugs can lead to the embryo not being
properly implanted in the womb meaning a woman is far more likely to suffer miscarriage
also known as a spontaneous abortion.
Risk: Researchers believe taking any number of drugs can result in the embryo
not being properly implanted in the womb meaning a woman is far more likely to
suffer a spontaneous abortion.

Around one in eight pregnancies end in miscarriage and the majority happen
in the first 12 weeks.
Often there is no obvious cause but older women and those who smoke, drink heavily​
or are obese are at far higher risk.​

The study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal involved​
47,050 women aged 15 to 45.​
They were asked whether they had taken the painkillers at any time in the first​
20 weeks of their pregnancy or two weeks before they became pregnant.
Despite the warnings some 17 per cent had taken the drugs nearly one in six.​

Dr Anick Brard of the University of Montreal said:
˜We consistently saw that the risk of having a spontaneous abortion
was associated with gestational use of diclofenac, naproxen, celecoxib, ibuprofen
and rofecoxib alone or in combination.
Women who were exposed to any type and dosage of non-aspirin NSAID
during early pregnancy were more likely to have a spontaneous abortion.

But doctors pointed out the risks of a woman suffering a miscarriage due to painkillers​
were very small.
They also said the study did not take into account other possible causes such as​
smoking and obesity.​

Dr Virginia Beckett, spokesman for the Royal College of Obstetricians​
and Gynaecologists, said:
It is important that any woman before conception and during pregnancy plans
their pregnancy and reduces their risk of any complications through maintaining
a healthy lifestyle.

It is safe to take paracetamol during pregnancy.




Regards,
Sumathi Srini


 

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