Decongestants in pregnancy linked to birth defects

Allen Mitchell, School of Public Health, Slone Epidemiology Center

A woman’s use of decongestant medications in the first trimester of pregnancy may raise her child’s risk of certain rare birth defects, according to a small study…

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“Major birth defects of any kind affect about two to three percent of liveborn infants, so they are rare. The associations we identified involved defects that generally affect less than 1 per 1,000 infants. Some of them may require surgery, but not all are life-threatening.”

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