Prescription Drugs During Pregnancy

Prescription Drugs During Pregnancy

Prescription drug use during pregnancy shouldn’t be dangerous. Unfortunately, there are a variety of prescription drugs that can cause harmful, irreversible and sometimes deadly birth defects in babies when pregnant women take them. Any kind of medication, whether it’s prescription or over-the-counter, should be discussed with your doctor prior to taking it during pregnancy. Women are counting on their doctors and medical teams to only prescribe safe medications, but historically, negligent and dangerous prescribing of unsafe medications during pregnancy has harmed many women and babies. If your baby has suffered from a birth defect due to a prescription medication recommended by your doctor during pregnancy, you need to speak with a personal injury attorney who has proven birth injury case experience as soon as possible about your case. Listed below are just a few of the known birth-defect causing prescription drugs that pregnant women should stay away from.

Known Birth-Defect Causing Prescription Drugs

  • Venlafaxine
  • Chloramphenicol
  • Sulfa antibiotics
  • Tetracycline
  • Levaquin
  • Cipro
  • Trimethoprim
  • Benzodiazepines
  • YAZ birth control
  • Certain cancer drugs
  • Accutane
  • Paxil
  • Certain anticonvulsants
  • Prozac
  • Thalidomide

Antidepressant Drugs and Birth Defects

Popular antidepressant drugs, known as Selective Serotonin Re-Uptake Inhibitors or SSRIs, are particularly dangerous for developing fetuses. Their use in pregnant women have been linked with a wide variety of birth defects in babies. These drugs, which include Lexapro, Zoloft, Prozac, Paxil, Symbyax and Fluvoxamine put babies at a greater risk for experience birth defects and birth injuries. Taking these prescription drugs during pregnancy can lead to reduced blood flow to the baby’s lungs, persistent pulmonary hypertension of the infant (PPHN) and a wide variety of other dangerous birth defects. Long term impacts of taking these drugs during pregnancy have also been associated with cognitive disorders and abnormalities like ADD, ADHD and autism. Finally, they have also been associated with neural tube defects, spina bifida and other devastating birth defects. Listed below are some birth defects associated with the use of various dangerous prescription drugs.

Birth Defects Associated with Dangerous Prescription Drugs

  • Limb deformities
  • Cleft palate
  • Cleft lip
  • Neural tube defects
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Heart defects
  • Anal atresia
  • Skull shape deformities
  • Omphalocele
  • Diflucan

Safely Prescribing Medications During Pregnancy

Complications, ailments, illnesses and all different kinds of issue can arise during a pregnancy. Even very healthy and simple pregnancies might involve a necessary doctor visit or two, outside of the routine checks. That being stated, pregnant women are counting on their doctors and medical teams to only prescribe medications that would be safe for their unborn babies. If a medication does have risks associated with, it’s essential that those risks be fully explained and discussed with the patient. Nobody should unintentionally feel as though they have harmed their baby, simply because their doctor didn’t give them all the information they needed to make a safe decision. In addition to talking about what medications are safe during pregnancy, it will also be important to talk about alternative treatments for certain issues. Expectant mothers need all the information available so that they can make safe and informed decisions with their doctors.

Expenses Associated with Birth Defects Caused by Prescription Drugs

The expenses associated with birth defects caused by prescription drugs can be astronomical. Depending upon the type of prescription drug taken during the pregnancy and the severity of birth defects involved, you could be looking at tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands or even more in doctor bills over the lifetime of the child. Some birth defects may require multiple expensive surgeries to correct. Other birth defects may involve ongoing physical therapy. In severe and catastrophic cases, a baby might die or require lifelong medical care. No matter what type of injury or birth defect your child suffered or how much money you owe in medical bills, it’s a good idea to speak with a lawyer about your case as soon as possible after the birth.

Jackson Birth Injury Lawyer

After any type of birth injury or birth defect, it’s important to speak with a personal injury attorney who has proven birth injury case experience. An attorney can be your advocate and help to ensure you get the compensation you deserve to cover medical bills and other expenses associated with the preventable birth defect. You should focus on what matters most, your new baby. If your baby suffered from a birth defect due to a dangerous prescription drug that was prescribed during your pregnancy in or around the Jackson Metro Area, contact the skilled and proven Personal Injury team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 265-7766 for a free case consultation today.


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