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Is It Safe to Take Ketoprofen?

What is ketoprofen? Is it safe to take during pregnancy?

Like ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil) and naproxen (Aleve), ketoprofen (Orudis or Oruvail) is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that can help relieve headachesmuscle aches and other body pain. You might be tempted to take it to help get rid of that nagging  backache or persistent migraine, but steer clear: Like other NSAIDs, ketoprofen is not safe to use during pregnancy because it can affect baby’s kidney development and function (and prolong labor and delivery). That doesn’t mean you should panic if you’ve taken it once or twice by accident, but be careful to avoid the medicine during pregnancy or if you’re breastfeeding.

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