It’s important to note that the safety 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 safely 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.5
This is because taking ibuprofen during the third trismester of pregnancy has been associated with an increased risk of complications for an unborn baby, including heart problems and a reduced amount of amniotic fluid (the clear liquid that surrounds a foetus while inside the uterus, which is essential to healthy physical development).5, 6
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 safe 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.1