Decongestants in pregnancy linked to birth defects

in Pregnancy Health Interview Study News
July 23rd, 2013

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.  Some types of over-the-counter decongestants, including the popular phenylephrine and pseudoephedrine, were individually linked to rare, specific birth defects of the digestive tract, ear, and heart.

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