Pregabalin potentially linked to increased risks of birth defects

Written by Alice Weatherston

Pregabalin, commonly utilized in the treatment of pain, epilepsy and some other neurological disorders, has been linked with an increased risk of birth defects in a new study published in Neurology. The recent study was carried out by researchers at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland), who collected data from 164 women from seven different countries who had taken pregabalin during pregnancy. They also compiled data from 656 women who had not taken pregabalin during pregnancy. Reasons for the prescription of pregabalin for the study participants varied from neuropathic pain (115 individuals), psychiatric disorders (39 individuals), epilepsy (five individuals) and restless...

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