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Birth Defects and Prescription Drugs

Medications prescribed to pregnant women can have a devastating impact on the health of the mother and child. Prescription medications can lead to birth defects and birth injuries. If your child was born with an injury and you believe it involved a medication you were prescribed, we can investigate the situation for your family at no cost to you.

Our birth injury lawyers offer free consultations to parents where a medication error or injury in the mother or child is suspected. In some cases, the doctor or hospital may have committed medical malpractice by failing to warn women of the risks or prescribing an improper dosage. In other situations, a pharmaceutical company may have manufactured a dangerous drug or failed to warn healthcare professionals and the public about the risks to pregnant women and children.

What Types of Drugs May Cause Birth Injuries or Birth Defects?

Serious birth injuries or birth defects can occur when certain medications or wrong dosages are prescribed to pregnant women. This is not the fault of the mother. The pharmaceutical companies push their drugs to the public and the healthcare industry without proper research and/or without offering full information about the risks to pregnant women. Prescription medications that are alleged to cause birth injury include:


  • Anti-seizure medications and benzodiazepines including Depakote, Dilantin, Lamictal, Tegretol, and Topamax
  • Anti-depressants or SSRI drugs such as Celexa, Effexor, Fluvoxamine, Lexapro, Paxil, Prozac, Symbyax, Topamax, and Zoloft
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as Diclofenac, Lodine, Meloxicam, Relafen, and Daypro
  • Certain types of antibiotics including nitrofurantoins, sulfonamides, and tetracyclines
  • Fertility drugs including Clomid, which should not be taken once pregnant
  • Drugs for acid reflux such as Nexium, Prilosec, and Prevacid
  • Anti-nausea medications such as Zofran