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Diclofenac and pregnancy may not be an issue, except during the last trimester. The FDA warns that NSAIDs like diclofenac (Flector, Cambia, Zorvolex) should be avoided in late pregnancy because it may cause serious cardiovascular complications. 

Diclofenac and Breastfeeding

It’s unclear whether diclofenac is excreted in breastmilk. The drug has a very short half-life, though. It’s always a good idea to check with a licensed medical provider when nursing to see what medications are safe to take, but diclofenac will likely not be an issue. 

FAQ

Is diclofenac safe in pregnancy?

Diclofenac appears to be safe early in a pregnancy but is not recommended in its later stages. It is best to consult a physician before taking the drug if pregnant. Diclofenac does cross the placenta.

Which painkiller is safe during pregnancy?

Acetaminophen (Tylenol) is often recommended throughout pregnancy for both pain management and fever control.

Is there a safe anti-inflammatory while pregnant?

Expectant parents should avoid NSAIDs at least during the late stages of their pregnancy. It is wise to check with a physician before taking anti-inflammatories when expecting a child. 

Is it safe to take diclofenac while breastfeeding?

Diclofenac is considered safe during breastfeeding. It’s unclear whether the drug passes to the baby through breastmilk, but it has a very short half-life. Always discuss with your physician since there may be some instances where it is important to not take when breastfeeding.

What painkiller is safe while breastfeeding?

Typically, acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Advil), or naproxen sodium (Aleve) are considered safe for nursing parents.  Similar to diclofenac naproxen may not be safe for nursing mothers in all circumstances.

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