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POPULAR PAIN MED MAY CAUSE BIRTH DEFECTS

Posted by Sarah Showard | May 25, 2016 | 0 Comments

Lyrica, a widely prescribed pain medication that is heavily advertised on television may

be associated with a higher risk of major birth defects.  The journal Neurology reported

on the study online on May 18, 2016.  The study involved 164 women who took Lyrica

during their first trimester of pregnancy.  These women were compared to a group of

656 pregnant women who did not take Lyrica.

Lyrica and Birth Defects | Showard Law Firm

Lyrica (pregabalin)  is approved for treatment of seizures, neuropathic pain and

fibromyalgia.  However it is also prescribed “off label” for psychiatric disorders including

depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and psychosis. 

Women taking Lyrica were found to be six times more likely to have a baby with a major

defect in the central nervous system than women not taking the drug and three times

more likely to have a baby with other major defects.  The FDA currently classifies the

drug as pregnancy category C which means that teratogenic effects have been seen in

animal studies but there are no adequate and well controlled studies in pregnant

women.  It is unknown if the FDA will revise the label based on this study.

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Sarah Showard

Sarah Showard graduated from the University of Maryland in 1985, Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English-Linguistics and a Certification in Womens Studies. She then graduated from New York University School of Law in 1988. Sarah began practice initially as an insurance defense attorne...

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