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Proton Pump Inhibitor Use During Pregnancy May Cause Birth Defects

About half of women experience Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), also referred to as acid reflux, when they are pregnant. This can make an all ready uncomfortable time even more uncomfortable. To ease the symptoms of acid reflux and heartburn, many pregnant women use proton pump inhibitors; some of which need prescriptions, while others are available over the counter. The following are some commonly used proton pump inhibitors you may recognize the name of:

  • Dexilant (Dexlansoprazole)
  • Nexium (Esomeprazole)
  • Prevacid (Lansoprazole)
  • Prilosec (Omeprazole)
  • Protonix (Pantoprazole)
  • Aciphex (Rabeprazole)
  • Zegerid (which contains Omeprazole)

All of these medications work by reducing the amount of gastric acid that your stomach produces. While proton pump inhibitors have proven very effective in treating GERD symptoms and heartburn, studies have also linked their use to dangerous side effects, including birth defects in babies born to women who used the medications during pregnancy.

You May Be Eligible for Compensation

If you or your partner used one of the above mentioned medications while pregnant, and your child was born with a birth defect, you may be entitled to compensation for that child’s condition. To find out more about your legal rights and options, you’ll want to speak to an adept proton pump inhibitor attorney. The legal team at the law offices of Farah & Farah has been successfully representing the families of injury victims for over 35 years and can answer any questions you may have. Call (800) 533-3555 today for a free consultation.

Cardiac Birth Defects

According to a study published by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, use of proton pump inhibitors during the early stages of pregnancy doubled the risk of newborn cardiac (heart) birth defects, such as septal defects.

There are two main types of septal defects, atrial and ventricular, both involving holes in the septum, a wall that divides the left side of the heart from the right side of the heart. An atrial septal defect is a hole between the two upper chambers of the heart. Babies born with atrial septal defects may show no outward symptoms, but closing this hole through open heart surgery, while young, can prevent serious health problems later in life. A ventricular septal defect involves a hole between the two lower chambers of the heart. Babies born with this type of septal defect may not grow normally and become malnourished. Ventricular septal defects may also cause lung problems in babies.

According to the March of Dimes, heart defects are the leading cause of birth defect deaths. If you lost a child, or had a child who was born with a heart defect, you deserve compensation for medical bills, funeral and burial expenses, and more.

Speak with our Proton Pump Inhibitor Birth Defect to Getthe Legal Representation You Need

To get the settlement you and your family deserve, you’ll need an attorney who is not afraid of taking on a large pharmaceutical corporation. At the law offices of Farah & Farah, we pride ourselves in sticking up for the little guy and will fight to get the compensation you and your child deserve. Call (800) 533-3555 today for a free case evaluation.


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The pharmaceutical litigation attorneys at Farah & Farah go after negligent corporations that put unsuspecting consumers in harm's way. Pharmaceutical companies not only have a duty to manufacture drugs that are safe, but they also have the obligation to warn consumers regarding dangerous side effects that can be caused by these drugs.

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