Common prescriptions can be dangerous drugs for your unborn child during pregnancy. Almost all pregnant women know to stay away from illegal drugs while pregnant because of the risk for birth defects in their unborn children, but what about prescription drugs? If they are relatively safe for you to use when you’re not pregnant, shouldn’t they be safe when you are pregnant? Unfortunately, the answer is no.
Taking prescription drugs while pregnant is a huge gamble. The risk of birth defects and serious illnesses can be very high, depending on which drug you take. Prescription drugs can be dangerous drugs to your baby, affecting his growth and development and potentially leaving him with a long-term chronic illness that can lead to a life-long injury or even death.
Most Dangerous Drugs
Although any drug can be potentially harmful during pregnancy, some are worse than others. Studies show a strong link between certain medications (most notably, antidepressants, epilepsy medications and acne medication Accutane) and birth defects. The most dangerous drugs include antidepressants and anticonvulsants (seizure medications):
A birth injury attorney should have a full list of medications that can be considered dangers to unborn children during pregnancy.
In fact, research has proven that Depakote can cause birth defects in ten percent of cases. Babies are 12 times more likely to develop spina bifida and the risk is seven times greater for defects such as cleft palate, skull and heart deformities, smaller limbs, urinary conditions and extra fingers and toes.
Types of Birth Defects
During pregnancy, prescription medications can cause severe birth defects, making them very dangerous drugs. Some of the most common birth defects caused by prescription drugs include spina bifida, cleft lip and palate, neural tube defects, hypoplasia, heart deformities and delayed mental and physical development.
In the case of Accutane, serious damage to the baby’s eyes, brain, heart, ears, face, skull and brain can occur. Some medications can cause cerebral palsy or even death. If your baby is a victim, contact LV Injury Experts immediately.
Many prescription medications should not be taken while pregnant. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medications you are taking while pregnant. Your doctor may be able to prescribe an alternative medication or lower the dosage of your medication so that it is at a safer level.
Contacting LV Injury Experts
There are many dangerous drugs available on the market. Many of them are defective and not approved for pregnant women even though they are approved by the Food and Drug Administration. If dangerous drugs caused your baby to be born with birth defects or serious illnesses, you may have a solid birth injury claim. You may be eligible to receive monetary compensation from the drug manufacturer if you were unaware of the side effects.
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