“Pregnant women who take painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen are more likely to have complications, a study has found.” [Source: dailymail.co.uk]
With current medical advice being that paracetamol (acetaminophen) and ibuprofen are safe during pregnancy, the researchers who carried out this study are calling for this assumption to be reassessed. Examining more than 150,000 pregnancies over a period of three decades, they say their findings suggest current guidance urgently needs to be updated.
In other areas of medicine, the dangers of these painkillers are already well known. A study published in 2017 found that taking ibuprofen for as little as one week increases the risk of having a heart attack, for example. This drug is also known to reduce the production of testosterone in men.
Similarly, doctors frequently underestimate the dangers of paracetamol. Contrary to the impression given by the pharmaceutical industry and its stakeholders that it is a safe ‘cure-all’ drug, research shows that long term use of this painkiller raises the risk of heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure, renal failure, gastrointestinal bleeding, and an early death.
Exposing babies and young children to paracetamol is especially risky. Even before the publication of this latest research, a separate study published in 2019 had already shown that women taking it during pregnancy increase the likelihood of their children having behavior problems. Other research shows that babies exposed to paracetamol are more likely to develop asthma. Some evidence suggests the drug may even double the risk of asthma in children.
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