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Kratom Side Effects: Rapid Heart Rate, Agitation, Hypertension

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Kratom Side Effects. Ever tried kratom? It is described by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as an “emerging public health threat”. On the other hand, kratom users (or shall we call them kratom enthusiasts?) are defending the plant for its medicinal properties. Among others, it can apparently relieve pain, help heal wounds, and treat cough and diarrhea. Moreover, Kratom has been traditionally used in Southeast Asia to “increase energy, appetite, and sexual desire”.

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Is Lyrica Safe for Pregnant Moms? Pregabalin Side Effects

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Is Lyrica safe for pregnant or expecting moms? A recent study by the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) suggests that Lyrica (pregabalin) may not be safe as the study found that the drug may be associated with a higher risk of major birth defects.

More from an AAN media release:

Pregnancies of the women who took pregabalin during the first trimester of pregnancy were three times more likely to result in major birth defects than those of the women who did not take anti-seizure drugs. Seven of the 116 pregnancies in women taking anti-seizure drugs, or 6 percent, had major birth defects, compared to 12 of 580 pregnancies, or 2 percent, in women who did not take the drug. Birth defects due to chromosomal abnormalities were not included in these results.

The major birth defects included heart defects and structural problems with the central nervous system (CNS) or other organs. The women taking pregabalin were six times more likely to have a pregnancy with a major defect in the central nervous system than women who were not taking the drug, with four CNS defects out of 125 pregnancies, or 3.2 percent, compared to three CNS defects out of 570 pregnancies, or 0.5 percent.

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