Skip to content
My WebMD Sign In, Sign Up

Health & Pregnancy

Font Size

Popular Painkillers May Increase Risk of Miscarriage

continued...

For women with conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus, who depend on NSAIDs to live a normal life, Toledo says, "they may have no choice but to take [an NSAID]. If she were my patient, I might [recommend trying to] tough it out with some other drug during the first trimester, when miscarriage is most likely to occur. ... It may be, though, that the benefits of NSAIDs outweigh the potential risks."

Still, Toledo believes in erring on the side of caution. He tells WebMD, "We need to be cautioning our patients ... about any medicines taken while a woman is attempting pregnancy or as soon as she finds out she is pregnant. "... This [study] is going to raise my level of concern so that I'm going to tell my patients who are trying to get pregnant not to take [an NSAID during pregnancy or] ... during that two weeks between ovulation and the first missed period."

1|2

Pregnancy Week-By-Week Newsletter

Delivered right to your inbox, get pictures and facts on
what to expect each week of your pregnancy.

Today on WebMD

Woman smiling as she reads pregnancy test
Slideshow
pregnant woman with salad
Quiz
 
pregnancy am i pregnant
Article
calendar and baby buggy
Tool
 

slideshow fetal development
Slideshow
pregnancy first trimester warning signs
Article
 
What Causes Bipolar
Video
Woman trying on dress in store
Slideshow
 

pregnant woman
Article
Close up on eyes of baby breastfeeding
Video
 
healthtool pregnancy calendar
Tool
eddleman prepare your body pregnancy
Video