Lyrica Causing Birth Defects
Lyrica, manufactured by Pfizer, has now been associated with the following birth defects in newborns: defects of the heart, central nervous system, and other organs. Study results show an astounding three-fold increase of a "major birth defects." This information is part of the May 2016, report by study senior author Dr. Thierry Buclin, from the Swiss Teratogen Information Service and the division of clinical pharmacology at the Lausanne University Hospital, in Switzerland.
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Swiss Study Finding First Trimester Birth Defects in Newborns
Lyrica (pregabalin), first approved by the FDA in 2004, is used for epilepsy, neuropathic pain, fibromyalgia, and generalized anxiety disorder. The Swiss study included 164 women who took Lyrica during their first trimester of pregnancy. Lyrica was prescribed for pain, depression, anxiety, epilepsy, restless legs syndrome. Women taking Lyrica started taking it before they became pregnant but stopped taking the drug an average of six weeks into their pregnancy, the researchers said.
This study confirms the birth defects found in animal studies. Some doctors are suggesting that women do not take Lyrica immediately before and during pregnancy.
Common First Trimester Birth Defects
These fetal birth defects involve organs which develop in the first trimester. This is similar to birth defects found in users of antidepressants.
- Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension in Newborns
- Atrial septal defect
- Ventral septal defect
- Omphalocele (protrusion of part of the intestine through the abdominal wall)
- Craniosynostosis (premature fusion of the skull bones)
- Anal atresia (partial or complete closure of the anus)
- Limb defects, such as club foot
- Neural tube defects