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FDA extends pregnancy warning for common pain 21

FDA extends pregnancy warning for common pain 21

FDA extends pregnancy warning for common pain
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FDA extends pregnancy warning for common pain 21

WASHINGTON – Pregnant women should avoid a group of common pain relievers, including Advil and Aleve, during the last four months of pregnancy, federal health officials said last week, extending the warning by three months.

The Food and Drug Administration has said fever and pain medications can cause a rare but serious complication that can harm the fetus. They can cause kidney problems in the fetus which can cause low levels of amniotic fluid to fill the uterus.

The warning applies to a family of anti-inflammatory drugs that include both over-the-counter ingredients like ibuprofen and prescription drugs like Celebrex. Pills and tablets are among the most widely taken drugs in the United States and include hundreds of generic cold, flu, and sleep medications that often combine multiple pharmaceutical ingredients.
FDA labeling already warns that they should be avoided during the last three months of pregnancy because of the risk of other complications.
In one exception, the FDA said the new warning does not apply to low-dose aspirin when recommended by a doctor.
Federal regulators said they decided to extend the warning after finding 35 cases of amniotic fluid problems reported to the FDA and looking at similar examples in published research. The use of pain relievers reduced amniotic fluid in as little as two days, in some cases, the FDA said. Usually, the problem reversed three to six days after the women stopped taking the drugs.
Women who are unsure whether their medications contain the drugs should talk to a doctor or pharmacist, the agency said.
The over-the-counter drug industry group said the companies “will work with the FDA to update the labels accordingly,” it said in an emailed statement.
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