Can you use Panadol when pregnant?
While there is no ‘one size fits all’ answer to the question of whether you should use Panadol when pregnant (this should always be decided by your doctor), in most cases, paracetamol-based pain relievers like Panadol can be taken during your pregnancy.
In fact, paracetamol is considered to be the first-line pain medication for use during both pregnancy and breastfeeding for the treatment of mild to moderate pain and fever, and it is used by many pregnant women.
Category A Drugs such as Panadol (MIMS Category A) have been taken by a large number of pregnant women and women of childbearing age, without any proven increase in frequency of malformations, nor have any observations been recorded of other direct or indirect harmful effects on the fetus.
It’s important to note that the difference of Panadol for use during pregnancy is a key difference between paracetamol and ibuprofen, another common pain reliever. While Panadol and other paracetamol products may be used throughout a pregnancy in most cases, ibuprofen (an anti-inflammatory over-the-counter pain relief medication) should be avoided during the entire pregnancy and is not to be taken at all during the third trimester, unless advised by a healthcare professional.
Of course, while Panadol is generally considered to be a suitable pain relief option to use during most pregnancies, you should always consult your doctor or a healthcare professional before taking any form of medication, including Panadol, while pregnant – to make sure it’s right and appropriate for you.
When using Panadol, be sure to always follow the directions for use that are found on the product label. It is recommended that you only take Panadol for the shortest possible amount of time and in the lowest effective dose.