Birth Defects from Pharmaceutical Drugs During Pregnancy

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Prescription Drugs and Pregnancy

Most women are aware of the need to monitor drugs, alcohol, and even their diet while pregnant. Whatever they ingest could affect the development of the baby. But, what about prescription drugs? Most women assume their doctor knows whether a prescription is safe to take during pregnancy and will warn her if not. Unfortunately, that is not always the case.

Dangers of Taking Some Pharmaceutical Drugs Pregnancy

There are some drug manufacturers that have worked hard to conceal the dangers of taking their pharmaceuticals during pregnancy. As a result, thousands of babies have been injured. Take for example antidepressants. While SSRIs such as Prozac have been a miracle for women suffering depression, they also create risks for fetuses. Thousands of women have taken SSRIs during pregnancy without ever knowing about the potential risks. Women jeopardized the health if their children by their own ignorance of the risks. They remained ignorant because their doctors were also unaware of the risks; the only people with knowledge of the dangers were the manufacturers and they hid the truth.

When to Contact a Lawyer

If you suffered an injury during pregnancy due to the undisclosed risks of a prescription drug, you should consider contacting a malpractice lawyer.

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  • Judith soto
    August 4, 2015, 8:13 pm

    I was prescribed Darvocet and other prescription medications during my pregnancy in 2002. My son has been diagnosed with adhd and had severe anger issues. He also has a chest deformity that I believe may have also been caused die to medicaid I was given during my pregnancy. Would I have a case against the physician or pharmosutucal company?

  • Shannon Knight
    November 23, 2012, 6:58 pm

    My son who is now 3years old has been diagnosed with Autism when he was 2 . During my pregnancy I was prescribed Zoloft . And I am wondering if there is a connection .

  • Aaron Hall, Minnesota Lawyer
    June 9, 2011, 3:55 pm


    One question would be whether any of these problems are signature injuries related to Darvocet, Topamax or Zoloft use during pregnancy. This is not a case we would handle. Under state law, I am required to tell you that there are statutes of limitation and legal deadlines for your situation. Failure to act within these times can result in a waiver of your rights. I have made no representations to you regarding these deadlines. Accordingly, you should seek legal advice as soon as possible should you wish to pursue this matter further.


  • Kelly Francis
    June 7, 2011, 7:47 am

    I don’t know if I am too late to file for a lawsuit because the last time I took Darvocet was in 2006. I have since experienced heart complications and I now take [2] heart medications. I also was told by my doctor at the time that it was OK to take Darvocet, Topamax and Zoloft during the course of my pregnancy and after my child was born in April of 2006. Since the birth of our son who is now 5 years old we have noticed some troubling aftereffects which include all of the following: he has been diagnosis by his schools psychiatrist to have ADHD, Autism/Asperger Syndrome, Severe anxiety, depression, rigidity, social anxiety, OCD (Obsessive compulsive disorder), left eye pain and burning sensation, arm and leg muscle pain, excessive body hair growth on arms back and legs from the day he was born, stomach pain and severe heart burn, irregular nocturnal sleep patterns as well as other learning disabilities.