What Risks Does Voltaren Present to a Fetus?

Pregnancy Risks With Voltaren

Voltaren 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.
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