About ACE Inhibitors
Ace inhibitors, also know as inhibitors of Angiotensin-Converting-Enzyme, are used primarily to treat hypertension and congestive heart failure.
A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that ACE inhibitors may increase the risk of birth defects if taken during the first three months of pregnancy. ACE inhibitors were already known to pose risks for a developing baby if taken during the second or third trimester of pregnancy. But this study is the first to point out the possible dangers of ACE inhibitors taken during the first trimester.
In the study, the risk of major birth defects in children whose mothers took ACE inhibitors during the first trimester was nearly three times higher than in children whose mothers did not take blood pressure medication. The birth defects ranged from holes in the chambers of the heart to spinal deformations. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an alert to warn women and doctors about the possible risk associated
Related Tags of ACE Inhibitors
Ace inhibitors lawsuit, Captopril (Capoten), Enalapril (Vasotec / Renitec), Ramipril (Altace / Tritace / Ramace), Quinapril (Accupril), Perindopril (Coversyl), Lisinopril (Lisodur / Lopril / Prinivil