Name: Stephanie B.
I have a research paper on Teratogens, the one I have
chosen is Aspirin. I haven't had any luck finding specific details on
Aspirin as a teratogen so if you have any information that would be
useful then I would really appreciate it!
As far as I am aware, aspirin is not considered a teratogen. Its main
side-effect is inhibition of blood clotting, which can be either bad or good
depending on what other medical conditions you have. It is a risk factor
for contracting Reye's syndrome (a particularly nasty complication of
chicken pox, I think). I've never heard that it causes birth defects,
Richard E. Barrans Jr., Ph.D.
PG Research Foundation, Darien, Illinois
I am not sure aspirin IS a teratogen, but you can find out quickly by doing
a web search on the term "aspirin teratogen" on www.google.com
Interesting subject! I did not know that aspirin was
thought to be teratogenic. If you go to PubMed online
(http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov) you can search the
scientific literature for any subject related to
biomedical issues. They provide the abstracts of most
publications. I did a search for 'aspirin, teratogen'
and found a few interesting articles on animal models
in which the teratogenicity of aspirin (acetyl
salicylic acid) was determined. You can check for
yourself. Another great site is TERIS, a database on
teratogenic agents which has a special on aspirin. See
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