CHILD BORN WITH DEFECTS AFTER TAKING ACE INHIBITOR MEDICATIONS?
Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors are a class of medication used to treat high blood pressure, or hypertension, congestive heart failure, and other cardiovascular conditions. ACE inhibitors work by increasing the blood flow to the heart. Captopril, sold under the name Capoten, was the first ACE inhibitor developed in 1977. These blood pressure medications are one of the most widely prescribed class of drugs in the country.
Common symptoms linked to ACE inhibitors include:
- Loss of taste
- Dry cough
FDA WARNS OF LINK BETWEEN ACE INHIBITORS AND MAJOR BIRTH DEFECTS
In 2006, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported that infants whose mothers had taken an ACE inhibitor during the first trimester of pregnancy had an increased risk of congenital malformations. Birth defects in these children included cardiac septal defects, urologic defects, and central nervous defects.
Currently, ACE inhibitor medications already have a black box warning label that warns of potential fetal harm when taking ACE inhibitors during the second and third trimester of pregnancy. During this period, the unborn child’s kidneys are developing, making them susceptible to birth defects. Prescribing healthcare providers have been urged to go over the risks of taking ACE inhibitors during pregnancy and only prescribe if the benefit clearly exceeds the risks.
BRANDS OF ACE INHIBITOR MEDICATIONS
There are several brands of ACE inhibitors currently available in the United States, including:
- Accupril (Quinapril)
- Aceon (Perindopril)
- Altace (Ramipril)
- Capoten (Catopril)
- Lotensin (Benazepril)
- Mavik (Trandolapril)
- Monopril (Fosinopril)
- Prinivil, Zestril (Lisinopril)
- Univasc (Moexipril)
- Vasotec (Enalapril)
CONTACT AN EXPERIENCED PHARMACEUTICAL LITIGATION LAWYER
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