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.
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