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Some Over-the-Counter Pain Drugs Linked to Severe Newborn Illness

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"Pregnant women generally need to avoid NSAIDs in pregnancy," Steven Goldstein, MD, tells WebMD. "I encourage patients to use nonpharmacologic measures first for pain relief and also to see if acetaminophen [Tylenol] is effective." When you're pregnant, the first response to pain shouldn't be to reach in the medicine cabinet, says Goldstein, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at New York University Medical Center.

"This is a good study of a relatively rare disease that shows how often patients underreport the medications they're taking," says Lynn Simpson, MD, the director of labor and delivery at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. "The discrepancy between the [mother's] report and fetus' meconium is very striking."

The study was funded in part by a grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

 

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