Parac­eta­mol use and preg­nancy

Western Times - - LIFE - — Sue Dun­levy

PREG­NANT women have been cau­tioned against us­ing parac­eta­mol after new re­search showed male mice ex­posed to the drug in the womb were less likely to mate with fe­males.

The re­search found male mice ba­bies had a smaller num­ber of neu­rons in brain ar­eas con­nected to sex­ual be­hav­iour when their moth­ers were fed parac­eta­mol while preg­nant.

Sci­en­tists are di­vided over the find­ings with neu­ro­sci­en­tist Professor Nor­man Saun­ders from the Univer­sity of Mel­bourne say­ing the an­i­mals in the study were ex­posed to a high dose of the drug in a short pe­riod.

A lower dose of parac­eta­mol in the mice did not have any ef­fect on brain struc­ture or be­hav­iour in the study, he said.

“It is to be hoped that preg­nant women who have taken the oc­ca­sional tablet of parac­eta­mol be­cause they have a headache or fever will not be alarmed by this study,” he said.

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