Nexium Linked to Increased Risk of Birth Defects

12.06.12 /


Birth defects have become a real concern for today’s parents who use prescription medications. A recent study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania has suggested a link between birth defects and Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPI).  The most commonly prescribed PPI is Nexium.

The study claims that children born to mothers who took a PPI in the months before they came pregnant had a 39% increased risk of being born with a birth defect. Proton Pump Inhibitors are used to treat digestive complications such as heartburn, GERD and peptic ulcer disease. And this study is particularly significant being that pregnant women are often prescribed Nexium or another PPI while pregnant to help control acid reflux and prevent damage to the esophagus.  Today a number of reports on birth defects linked to PPI use have been documented.

Among the serious risks to mothers and fetus’ are:

  • Congenital malformation (under/non developed areas of the skull and brain)
  • Heart problems including septal defects (holes in the heart)
  • Increased risk of a miscarriage

The attorneys at Del Mar Law Group, LLP are investigating claims of birth defects linked to Nexium (PPI) use. If you or a loved one has experienced any of these serious side effects contact us today for a case evaluation. Our attorneys are well versed in these matters and available for a confidential consultation.