John Smith, PAGB Chief Executive, comments:
“This study focused specifically on prescribed PPIs and H2-receptor antagonists for heartburn and not those that are available over-the-counter (OTC). Heartburn medication available OTC is only intended to be used for a short-term period and is not recommended for continuous use.
“The authors of this study also note that the association between these drugs and asthma could be caused by a separate factor and further research is needed to determine whether they have any effect on children’s health.
“The NHS advice is that several indigestion medicines are appropriately safe to use during pregnancy and we would advise pregnant women to always speak to their pharmacist, midwife or GP if they have any questions or concerns.”