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Do Painkillers Cause Miscarriages?

A new study from Canada suggests that women who use relatively benign painkillers like ibuprofen and naproxen early in pregnancy may have an increased risk of miscarriage.

Researchers found that of nearly 52,000 Quebec women who had been pregnant, those who had taken these commonly used painkillers with a favorable safety profile were more than twice as likely to suffer a miscarriage. The study included all non-aspirin NSAIDs such as Advil, Motrin, Aleve, Naprosyn, and Celebrex.

Is there a cause-and-effect relationship? No one really knows. But pregnant women are already advised to avoid using any medication if they can. What should you do? I think that is something you want to address with your doctor. Everyone is different. But is it worth mentioning this study to your doctor? I think it is.