Paracetamol risk during pregnancy? Not how you imagined
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Paracetamol risk during pregnancy? Not how you imagined

Dr. Mónica Faut
Dr. Mónica Faut

In 10 seconds? Recent research shows that taking paracetamol during pregnancy may impair the future fertility of female offspring, while earlier studies indicated developmental problems for male offspring. This could open new medical recommendations for pregnant women who want to take painkillers.

But, I thought that paracetamol was a safe drug? I will start by telling you that all drugs are safe depending on the dose, and the frequency of taking them, and paracetamol (or acetaminophen, as is known in the US) is not an exception. Although paracetamol is considered an over-the-counter treatment and the most popular analgesic, the recent increasing use of this drug has raised concerns about its toxicity. An overdose could lead to liver failure in adults, and prenatal exposure can induce asthma, and, according to research other conditions in the future children of the pregnant mother.

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