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Researchers believe a popular over-the-counter heartburn medication could be the key to treating pre-eclampsia.

The medication, Nexium, is believed to reduce the risk or even stop pre-eclampsia from developing, reports Yahoo 7.

Professor Shaun Brennecke, from the Royal Women’s Hospital, said the heartburn drug could influence the production of proteins from placenta cells.

“These proteins are thought to be very important in the development of pre-eclampsia,” he said.

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Pregnant women already use Nexium intermittently for heartburn so doctors know it’s safe.

Read more – FEARS continued risks for Pre-eclampsia sufferers years after birth

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  • I verged on borderline pre eclampsia with my first. I used bicarbonate soda in a little water for heartburn, only thing that’s a fail safe, even over medicine

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  • If it works that would be awesome.

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  • I thought this was interesting. I had never experienced heartburn before until during my pregnancy. So much so that I didn’t even know it was heartburn, my sister told me based on her horrible heartburn experiences. I then took Mylanta regularly. Not sure that I would want to be taking drugs, but if managed properly… it may suit some.

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  • I am always sceptical about taking any drugs during pregnancy.

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  • This is a great finding by scientists and amazing if such a simple meditation can stop pre eclampsia – such a dangerous, life threatening & frighting condition to have. If something as simple as heartburn medication can stop it, what a discovery! I’m in awe of scientists and drs and researchers who find these discoveries. This simple Med could save many mums and their babies

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  • How can you trust this research, it has not proven anything? Taking medication whilst pregnant is very risky. Nexium has not been proven 100% safe: https://www.livestrong.com/article/551247-taking-nexium-while-pregnant/
    There are many natural remedies for acid reflux, like apple cider vinegar and preventing it is easy too. As for using it for pre-eclampsia I am wondering how much research has actually been done?

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  • Wonderful outcome for this medication that has already been proven safe.

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  • It’s very interesting when new uses for common medications are found.

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  • Wow you learn new things everyday it’s good to know that it’s safe

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