As if pregnancy weren’t complicated enough, researchers are now warning that acetaminophen (also known as paracetamol) could affect fetal development.
This is indicated by a new consensus statement recently published (September 23) in the scientific journal Nature Reviews Endocrinology.
International scientists insist that a growing body of research suggests that paracetamol may “increase the risk of certain neurodevelopmental, reproductive and urogenital disorders,” the statement said.
The drug could be linked to conditions such as ADHD and fertility issues.
See also: Getting started with pregnancy: A guide for the first 3 months
“Encourages more research”
Experts advise anyone who uses paracetamol daily for two or more weeks to see their doctor, but it’s okay to take the drug for a day or two as directed.
“We have to remember that it is still the safest medicine to use for pain and fever during pregnancy,” said Dr Tali Bogler.
From the new consensus statement, Dr Jonathan Zipursky says that does not mean the drug cannot be used during pregnancy.
“I think we have to say this very clearly,” he said.
The Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada said that “the evidence for damage is based on animal studies and encourages further research.”
Overall, doctors and researchers agree that pregnant women should take paracetamol at the lowest possible dose for the shortest time needed.
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