Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding member and partner
Reuters (12/13, Thrasybule) reported a
study in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology suggesting that some
over-the-counter painkillers, when taken during early pregnancy, may slightly
increase the risk of rare birth defects. For instance, aspirin and naproxen
have been linked to babies with either anophthalmia or microphthalmia.
Other conditions that saw a rise in risk with painkiller use included
amniotic band syndrome, cleft palate, and spina bifida. However, the researchers
noted that the majority of NSAIDs were not tied to birth defects, and
emphasized that the study does not prove that the painkillers caused the
increased risk. An expert not involved with the study suggested avoiding
ibuprofen, aspirin or naproxen altogether and using acetaminophen for
pain relief instead.
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