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David Evans

Independent Health Researcher

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Statin use during pregnancy could lead to birth defects and malformations

This post includes a synopsis of a paper published in Prescrire international 2006 Feb;15(81):18-9

Study title:
Statins: beware during pregnancy
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This review of statins and pregnancy found:
(a) Central nervous system and limb defects have been reported in newborns exposed to statins in the uterus. Several case reports describe malformations that are very rare in the general population.
(b) Animal toxicity studies also suggest that statins cause malformations of an embryo or fetus.
(c) The data suggests that statins should be avoided during pregnancy and that pregnant women exposed to cholesterol-lowering drugs should be monitored very closely.

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