Drugs, I'm entitled to what?

Drugs, I'm entitled to what?

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Paracetamol, aspirin, ibuproben ... You are pregnant and wonder if it is safe to take medication. The answers of Dr. Elisabeth Elfant, specialist in embryology and head of the CRAT at Trousseau Hospital in Paris.

During pregnancy, can you safely use paracetamol-based analgesics?

  • Currently, paracetamol is the antalgic of choice for the pregnant woman. This molecule can be prescribed from the beginning to the end of pregnancy, at the usual doses given to adults.

What about ibuprofen?

  • Ibuprofen is an analgesic that belongs to the family of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. During the first part of the pregnancy, ie the first five months, the prescription of ibuprofen is possible but on an ad hoc basis. Beyond, from the 6th month, its prescription is formally contraindicated.

And aspirin?

  • For aspirin, which belongs as ibuprofen to the family of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, things are a bit more complicated. Many pregnant women receive aspirin in small doses, between 100 and 200 mg / day, for pathologies that predate their pregnancy or previous pregnancy. For these women, these small doses of aspirin are maintained throughout the nine months. Beyond these dosages, especially if they are higher than 500 mg / day, aspirin, like ibuprofen, is formally contraindicated from the 6th month of pregnancy.

In case of constipation or heartburn, are there any suitable treatments?

  • For these two very common symptoms in pregnant women, there are drugs to prescribe whatever the stage of pregnancy. The main recommendation is to avoid self-medication.
  • In order to choose the best possible treatment, it is necessary to refer to the opinion of the doctor or the pharmacist. It is possible to consult the CRAT website,, where all the molecules authorized to treat these two types of symptoms during pregnancy are recorded.

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