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Iowa Moms: Could a Decongestant Cause Your Child to Suffer a Birth Defect?

Being pregnant was difficult enough. Being pregnant and being sick—even with a common cold—was utterly miserable. You did what you thought was safe and what you thought was best for you and your unborn child. Now, however, you may have found out that the birth defect suffered by your child was caused by the decongestant that you used during pregnancy.

Study Finds Link Between Decongestants and Birth Defects

Researchers from the Slone Epidemiology Center at Boston University found that over the counter decongestant drugs containing phenylephrine and pseudoephedrine could result in rare birth defects if a pregnant woman took the drugs during the first trimester of pregnancy. More specifically, the study found that when taken during the first trimester, decongestants...

  • Containing phenylephrine were linked to an eightfold higher risk of being born with a heart defect known as endocardial cushion defect.
  • Containing pseudoephedrine were linked to an eightfold higher risk of being born with birth defects of the ear or stomach, and a threefold higher risk of being born with limb reduction defects.

This study confirmed some associations between decongestants used during pregnancy and birth defects that had been suggested by earlier studies, and reached some new conclusions. Some previous associations between decongestant used during pregnancy and birth defects were not confirmed.

The study was published in the July 3, 2013 American Journal of Epidemiology.

Call a Lawyer in the Cedar Rapids Area If Your Child Has Been Hurt

If your child has suffered a birth defect because of a decongestant drug taken during pregnancy then we encourage you to learn more about your child’s legal rights and possible recovery. Your family may be able to join with other families that suffered similar injuries from the same drug in order to make a fair recovery. Please call an attorney today at 319-731-9009 or 888-807-2752 for more information.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham