Paracetamol use in Pregnancy – new article in Int J Epidemiology!
Short term use of paracetamol in pregnancy seems safe, but long-term use was associated with delayed psychomotor development in the latest MoBa study.
Long-term paracetamol exposure during pregnancy was associated with communication problems [odds ratio (OR): 1.38, 95% confidence interval (CI) 0.98–1.95) and delayed motor milestone attainment (OR: 1.35, 95% CI 1.07–1.70). We did not observe increased risks after short-term exposure. Sensitivity analyses for several indications showed similar effects as the PS-matched analyses, suggesting no confounding by indication.
Since paracetamol is one of the most commonly used medications during pregnancy, even small increases in the risk of neurodevelopmental problems may have considerable implications for public health.
Vlenterie R, Wood ME, Brandlistuen RE, Roeleveld N, van Gelder MM, Nordeng H. Neurodevelopmental problems at 18 months among children exposed to paracetamol in utero: a propensity score matched cohort study. Int J Epidemiol. 2016 Aug 31. pii: dyw192.