Does taking Excedrin Migraine cause birth problems or birth defects?

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    I have a feeling I might be pregnant but I suffer from migraines. It's currently too early to tell if I'm pregnant for sure but I don't want to risk taking Excedrin Migraine. Does taking Excedrin Migraine cause birth problems or birth defects? Elizabeth.

     

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    Dear Elizabeth;

     

    The label on Excedrin Migraine states:

     

    "If pregnant or breast-feeding, ask a health professional before use. It is especially important not to use aspirin during the last 3 months of pregnancy unless definitely directed to by a doctor because it may cause probolems in the unborn child or complications during delivery."

     

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    Excedrin Migraine contains aspirin, and aspirin is categorized as pregnancy category D, which means, "Studies, adequate well-controlled or observational, in pregnant women have demonstrated a risk to the fetus. However, the benefits of therapy may outweigh the potential risk."

     

    Definitely do not use Excedrin Migraine or anything with aspirin without consulting your doctor first.

     

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    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert

     

     

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Published On: May 19, 2011