Pregnancy and drugs: ibuprofen

Pregnancy and drugs: ibuprofen

Medications should be used carefully during pregnancy: here is what risks are taken if you take ibuprofen

If paracetamol is allowed in pregnancy, there are some drugs, such as ibuprofen, that should be avoided. It is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) which, according to some studies, would increase the risk of a miscarriage. The latest study on the subject was published in the "Canadian Medical Association Journal" and was conducted on 4705 women who had a miscarriage after taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), including ibuprofen.

Ibuprofen in pregnancy

In fact it seems that if ibuprofen is taken 15 days before conception or at the twentieth week of pregnancy, it could cause a miscarriage, increasing the risk by 2.4 times. A lot of research before this showed that among the side effects of ibuprofen in pregnancy there is the possibility of having a miscarriage.

Ibuprofen, always considered the NSAID with fewer side effects and with a good anti-inflammatory effect, is present in many medicines. We find it as an active ingredient in: Antalgil, Brufen, Buscofen, Cibalgina Dol, Cibalgina Due Fast, MomentAct Analgesic, Moment Act, Nurosolv, Nurofen Influenza and Colds, Vicks Flu Action.

All these medicines should not be taken by pregnant or breastfeeding women. If necessary, your doctor should be contacted to ask for advice. But what makes ibuprofen so dangerous? According to the researchers it would be its ability to inhibit prostaglandin synthesis by acting on the development of the fetus. For this it could cause not only an abortion, but also cardiac malformations renal dysfunction and cardiopulmonary toxicity.

In this case it is essential to contact your doctor to find a valid alternative to ibuprofen. Often we have talked about Nurefen, useful in case of fever and joint pains. The best alternative however is always paracetamol, because it has no side effects or danger for the mother and baby and is effective. Also this medicine obviously must be taken under medical prescription and in the permitted doses.

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