Lyrica linked to Birth Defects
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What is Lyrica?
Lyrica (pregabalin) is an anti-epileptic medication used to treat pain caused by nerve damage from diabetes or shingles infection. This medication is typically prescribed to patients with epilepsy, fibromyalgia and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).
Studies link Lyrica to Birth Defects
The medical journal, “Neurology” published a study that monitored the outcomes of pregnant women using Lyrica. The study gathered data from 7 countries and 164 pregnant women that took the drug and compared them to a control group of 656 pregnant women that did not take the drug. It was found that pregnant women that took Lyrica were 3 times more likely to give birth to babies with major congenital defects compared to the control group. Six percent of pregnancies with Lyrica use resulted in birth defects compared to 2 percent in pregnancies without Lyrica.
Other Side Effects of Lyrica
- Blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin
- Difficulty with swallowing
- Fast heartbeat
- Joint or muscle pain
- and more
Common birth defects
- Cleft Palate
- Club Foot
- Fusion of fingers, toes or limbs
- Cengenital Heart Defects (Heart abnormalities)
- Septal Heart Defects (Hole in the heart)
- Fetal death/stillborn
- Mental Retardation/Down Syndrome
- Brain and Skull Deformities
- Spina Bifida
- Hypoplastic Heart Syndrome
- Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension (PPHN)
- Many more.
If you or a loved one have suffered from the effects of Lyrica, contact a dangerous drug attorney.
The Carlson Law Firm has a team of dangerous drug experts and in-house medical staff that may be able to help you. Contact our team for a free consultation to see if you have a case. If you have a case, you may be entitled to compensation.