Common painkillers tied to miscarriage risk

Common painkillers tied to miscarriage risk

Women who use common painkillers like ibuprofen and naproxen early in pregnancy may have an increased risk of miscarriage, a study published Tuesday suggests.

Researchers found that of nearly 52,000 Quebec women who had been pregnant, those who'd used a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) after conceiving were more than twice as likely to suffer a miscarriage.

The researchers looked at NSAIDs other than aspirin -- which includes such common drugs as ibuprofen (brands like Advil and Motrin), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn) and the arthritis drug celecoxib (Celebrex).

Overall, NSAID use was tied to a 2.4-times higher risk of miscarriage. (Reuters)