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Aspirin warnings stressed.

Aspirin Warnings Stressed

WASHINGTON, D.C.: Early attempts at warning pregnant women and others about the dangers of aspirin have not met with success. The Food and Drug Administration (F.D.A.) is therefore raising its admonition and demanding that the labeling of all oral and rectal over-the-counter aspirin-containing products carry a warning that the product should not be used by women in the last trimester of pregnancy unless directed by a physician.

To bring the consumer's attention to the warning, the statement must be shown in bold print and capital letters as follows:

"IT IS ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT NOT TO USE (ASPIRIN OR CARBASPIRIN CALCIUM, as appropriate) DURING THE LAST 3 MONTHS OF PREGNANCY UNLESS SPECIFICALLY DIRECTED TO DO SO BY A DOCTOR BECAUSE IT MAY CAUSE PROBLEMS OR COMPLICATIONS DURING DELIVERY."

A similar, third-trimester pregnancy warning is required for over-the-counter products that contain ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, Amersol, Nuprin, Rufen).
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Publication:Nutrition Health Review
Date:Sep 22, 1990
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