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Can prescribed drugs taken while pregnant cause birth defects?

The shortest answer to the title question is yes, certain prescription drugs can lead to birth defects when taken by pregnant mothers. However, not every drug a doctor may prescribe will cause problems for your fetus.

Most expecting parents experience a great amount of concern over possible birth defects. Such concern is normal and, in most cases, unwarranted. In other cases, however, birth defects are the result of improper health care practices such as prescribing dangerous medication to pregnant women. Below you will find a list of prescription drugs that could harm your unborn baby.

  • Narcotics like codeine, hydrocodone and morphine
  • Blood pressure regulation medications such as Capoten and Vasotec
  • Epilepsy management drugs like Depakote, Tegretol and Stavzor
  • Depressive disorder medicines such as Prozac and Paxil
  • Some severe acne treatment drugs like Accutane
  • Anticoagulant medications such as Warfarin

Worsening the risks, doctors may also prescribe some of the drugs listed above for other conditions. For example, Depakote, which physicians use to treat epileptic disorders, also helps migraine sufferers. This may lead expecting women to believe that the medicine is safe for use during pregnancy if a doctor gives them a prescription for this drug.

Drug-related birth defects can be medical malpractice if a doctor prescribes dangerous medications to a woman he or she knows is pregnant. In Texas and all other American states, medical workers have a legal and moral duty to care for their patients. When these trusted professionals harm patients instead, victims can take action against this wrongdoing by seeking a legal solution. Ask an attorney about your options if your infant suffers from preventable birth defects.

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