What Risks Does Cataflam Present for a Fetus?
Pregnancy Complications With CataflamCataflam is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). The most serious effects of NSAID use occur near the end of pregnancy. For this reason, it is almost always recommended that pregnant women avoid taking NSAIDs during that later part of pregnancy (from about 30 weeks on).
The specific risks of NSAID use during pregnancy include:
- Prolonged pregnancy (since NSAIDs inhibit the prostaglandins that help stimulate labor)
- Increased risk of miscarriage
- Possible increased risk of birth defects (although this risk appears to be small)
- Poor kidney function in the fetus
- Premature closure of the ductus arteriosus (a potentially fatal heart problem) in the fetus
- Persistent pulmonary hypertension (a very serious lung problem) in the newborn.
It should also be noted that women trying to become pregnant should avoid NSAIDs, since they appear to interfere with the implantation process.
If you are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant while taking Cataflam, let your healthcare provider know. He or she will consider both the benefits and risks of taking this medication during pregnancy before making a recommendation.