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Asthma Medication Use While Pregnant Can Lead to Birth Defects

December 17, 2012
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When expectant mothers use drugs, bad things can happen. As we all know, all drugs have side effects. These side effects can more intensely impact a developing baby than they do the mother.

A new study found that asthma medication use by expectant mothers can cause birth defects. Specifically, the use of these medications can cause improper development of the esophagus (esophageal atresia), the rectum and anis (anorectal atresia). In addition, these medications can cause the intestines and other internal organs to stick out of the navel (omphalocele).

Expectant mothers need to seriously consider every possible alternative to taking any kind of drug while pregnant.

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One Response to “ Asthma Medication Use While Pregnant Can Lead to Birth Defects ”

  1. Thomas Albert,DC,MD on December 22, 2012 at 1:48 am

    We must tread carefully with this advise. The conclusion of the study reads as follows: “It is possible that observed associations may be chance findings or may be a result of maternal asthma severity and related hypoxia rather than medication use.” While non- drug alternatives are always desired, the consequences of uncontrolled asthma (most notably: death) in a mother far outweigh the risk of birth defects.

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