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First-trimester phenylephrine use may raise risk for some birth defects

KEY POINT

Women who took certain nonprescription decongestants during the first trimester of pregnancy had an increased risk for specific yet uncommon birth defects.

SOURCES

Yau W et al. Use of decongestants during pregnancy and the risk of birth defects. Am J Epidemiol. 2013;178:198–208.