Kill the Pain and Maybe Your Baby

A report featured on and ABC suggests that common non steroidal anti-inflammatory painkillers may be linked to an increased risk of miscarriage. According to the articles, researchers found that women taking non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) suffered more miscarriages than women who had not taken these drugs.

NSAIDs are a class of drugs that include both aspirin and ibuprofen. While they are commonly used to treat pain they also have some potentially deadly side effects. According to the articles, an estimated 16,000 Americans die each year as a result of the side effects of taking these drugs.

Just this week, in a Planet Chiropractic article focused on the risks involved in taking phenylpropanolamine, the following statement was made by Dr. Michael Dorausch:

“while it may not be phenylpropanolamine, what ingredient is next? What is the next over-the-counter medication, supplement, or dietary aid, that is going to be associated with some serious health risk? How long will you have been taking it before you hear about this unknown risk?”

It’s less than 24 hours since that article was published and yet another common over-the-counter medication is reportedly being associated with serious health risks. Are these drugs really essential to one’s health? If more and more over-the-counter medications are being associated with serious health risks, would it not make sense if you were depending on them less and less?

MSNBC: Painkillers tied to miscarriage
ABC News: A Deadly Pain Killer?
Yahoo News: Prescription Painkillers Linked to Miscarriage @ 8:33 am | Article ID: 981131624