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Prescription Drugs During Pregnancy

Updated April 21, 2021 | By Wilson Kehoe Winingham staff

About 70 percent of pregnant women take at least one prescription drug during pregnancy, but not all prescription medicines are safe to use during pregnancy.

Harmful Prescription Drugs

Numerous drugs and drug groups may cause complications for both infants and mothers, including (but not limited to):

  • Blood pressure medications
  • Acne drugs
  • Antibiotics
  • Cancer-fighting medications
  • Thyroid medications
  • Anti-depressants
  • Blood-thinning medications
  • Seizure medications
  • Birth control medications

Although there are risks associated with taken certain prescription drugs during pregnancy, stopping the prescribed medication could also pose threats to both mothers and infants.

Effects of Prescription Drugs During Pregnancy

Certain prescription drugs can cause problems for your baby, including:

  • Premature birth
  • Low birthweight
  • Birth defects
  • Organ damage
  • Abnormal fetal development
  • Breathing problems
  • Miscarriage
  • Stillbirth
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

What to Expect from Your Doctor

Be sure to talk to your doctor about all medications you are currently taking, all mediations you are thinking about taking, and all medications you have taken in the past.

Your doctor should advise you on which medications you need to take, stop taking, substitute, and so on. It is important to balance the potential risks and benefits of all medications, and your doctor is responsible for helping you through that process.

Contact a Birth Injury Attorney Today

If you believe that your child has been injured as a result of prescription drugs taken during your pregnancy (due to your doctor’s guidance or lack thereof), your first step is to reach out to a birth injury lawyer. An Indianapolis birth injury lawyer and staff can help you build a case and get you and your child the help you need.

With a strong and trustworthy attorney, you’ll have someone advocating for what’s rightfully yours. Contact Wilson Kehoe Winingham for a consultation to decide how to best move forward with your case. Call 317.920.6400 or fill out an online contact form for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.

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