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Benzo link to birth defects still not confirmed by study
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The jury's still out on the controversial issue of benzodiazepines and their possible cause of birth defects

The jury's still out on the controversial issue of benzodiazepines and their possible cause of birth defects.

Canadian researchers have confusingly concluded that studies show no connection, while case control data indicate a tripled risk of major birth malformations, such as cleft lip and palate.

As many women take the drugs for anxiety, insomnia and epilepsy doctors may have to increase prenatal tests to rule out the likelihood of any malformations (BMJ, 1998; 317: 839-43).


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