(PRWEB) October 26, 2011
The Canadian Medical Association Journal has published the results of a study that revealed a higher risk for women who took medications belonging to a category of drugs known as NSAID’s during the early stages of their pregnancies for miscarriages. The study was performed by Canadian and French researchers and tracked thousands of pregnancies. Rx Birth Defects hereby comments on the results of this study in hopes that awareness of this potential danger will rise with the public in general.
Specifically, the study, which was published on October 18, 2011 and was entitled, "Use of nonaspirin nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs during pregnancy and the risk of spontaneous abortion" evaluated 4,705 miscarriages up to the 20th week of pregnancy and compared them to a control group of 47,050 women who did not have a miscarriage at the same point in their pregnancies. The women studied were between the ages of 15 and 45. The women who had at least one prior miscarriage showed that 7.5 percent of them had filled at least one prescription for an NSAID medication during their pregnancy compared to 2.6 percent of the women who did not miscarry.
Overall, the researchers concluded that there women who had used an NSAID during the early stages of their pregnancies faced a greater risk of a miscarriage by a factor of 2.4 compared to the women who did not use one of these medications. NSAID’s are anti-inflammatory medications that are used to treat pain and swelling. Examples of these prescription medications include ibuprofin, naproxen sodium and aspirin.
The researchers commented in the study that, “Given that the use of nonaspirin NSAIDs during early pregnancy has been shown to increase the risk of major congenital malformations and that our results suggest a class effect on the risk of clinically detected spontaneous abortion, nonaspirin NSAIDs should be used with caution during pregnancy.”
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The Consumer Justice Foundation is a team of professionals who are dedicated to providing information to consumers regarding the potential dangers of prescription medication, over-the-counter medication and other forms of medication with regards to their potential side effects and overall damage that can be done to unborn children of mothers who take certain medications while pregnant. Specifically, many of these dangers involve the risk of the children of these mothers being born with severe birth defects. Rx Birth Defects, whose Web site can be found at http://www.consumerjusticefoundation.com, works to raise awareness of these potential problems.