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Miscarriage risk from anti-inflammatory drugs

8th September 2011

A study has found that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may be associated with an increased risk of miscarriage if taken during early pregnancy.

NSAIDs include ibuprofen, naproxen, diclofenac and celecoxib and are often taken by people with arthritis. However, scientists at the University of Montreal suggest that pregnant women should avoid taking them wherever possible after they looked at 4,705 cases of miscarriage up to the 20th week of gestation, as well as 47,050 women who did not miscarry. Some 7.5% of women who miscarried had taken non-aspirin NSAIDs during pregnancy compared with 2.6% who did not miscarry.


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