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FDA Makes Announcement on Use of Pain Medication During Pregnancy

What are you supposed to do if you are pregnant and you are in significant pain? Should you take over the counter or prescription pain medications? Are they safe for your baby? Before you take anything it is important to find out what the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) says about it and to talk with your doctor.

The January 2015 FDA Safety Alert About Pain Medication During Pregnancy

On January 6, 2015, the FDA issued a safety alert to doctors and the public. In that alert, the FDA explained that it was aware of the concern about using pain medication during pregnancy, that it had evaluated recent studies on the subject, and that it concluded that the information was too limited to make specific recommendations about safety. Instead, the FDA urged pregnant women to:

  • Discuss their concerns and pain management options with their doctors.
  • Carefully weigh the potential benefits of using medication against the potential risks.

Additionally, healthcare professionals are encouraged to keep reporting adverse effects to the FDA’s MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program.

Of course, you should also report any adverse effects both to your doctor and, potentially, to a prescription drug injury lawyer. Even though the FDA did not issue an official warning, drug manufacturing companies that fail to warn pregnant women about the potential risks associated with pain medications could be liable for the harm caused by these medications in some cases.

Bottom Line: Talk to Your Doctor and Help Raise Awareness

It is important for you, and other pregnant women, to understand the potential risks before you take pain medication during pregnancy. Accordingly, you should talk to your doctor about the potential pros and cons of possible pain medications before taking anything. Additionally, we encourage you to share this article on Facebook or Twitter to help raise awareness about the risk among other pregnant women, so that they too can make informed decisions.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham