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article imageCaution advised for pregnant women taking pain relief meds

By Tim Sandle     Jan 10, 2015 in Health
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published new guidance concerning the risks of taking pain relief medication for women whilst they are pregnant.
The FDA has stated that it is aware of and understands the concerns arising from recent reports questioning the safety of prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) pain medicines when used during pregnancy. In Europe, doctors advise pregnant women to avoid taking painkillers if possible to protect their unborn child.
For this reason the health agency has undertaken a review of research studies published in the medical literature. Despite undertaking an extensive study, the FDA, at this stage, has indicated that the available studies are too limited in scope for the U.S. government to make any recommendations.
As a result of this uncertainty, the best that the FDA can advise is that the use of pain medicines during pregnancy should be carefully considered. It stands that benefits and risks of analgesic use during pregnancy, which may differ among patients. Furthermore, the agency recommends that pregnant women should discuss all medicines with a health care professionals before using them.
This is not to say that pain relief medication should not be used. It is known that severe and persistent pain that is not effectively treated during pregnancy can result in depression, anxiety, and high blood pressure in the mother. Drugs such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), opioids, and acetaminophen can help treat severe and persistent pain.
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