Birth Defects Caused By Dangerous Drugs
Spina bifida is a birth defect that infants can develop during the first month of gestation. This defect is similar to cleft palate but takes place in the spine rather than the mouth; it's even sometimes called cleft spine. The reason this defect occurs during the first month of pregnancy is because this is the point when the baby's spine is beginning to form. In a healthy baby, the two sides of the spine adhere to each other over the spinal cord, nerves and tissue. The birth defect occurs when these two sides of the spine fail to close completely. Some prescription drugs are known to cause birth defects if taking during pregnancy, such as:
- Topamax- a drug used to treat seizures.
- SSRIs- also known as antidepressants.
- Accutane- a strong oral acne medication.
There are other prescription drugs that can increase risk of birth defects, but these are the main ones. The drugs most closely linked to the birth defect spina bifida are SSRIs. SSRIs are also commonly known as antidepressant drugs. Some brand names include Zoloft, Prozac and Paxil. Use of these drugs during your pregnancy significantly increases your baby's risk of cleft spine. If your baby is born with spina bifida, they may show symptoms of leg paralysis, clubfoot and loss of bladder and bowel control, among others. Usually this defect can be seen with an ultrasound even before your baby is born. Children born with this disease can be treated by surgery, but infant surgery can be dangerous. Children may also develop further spinal injuries later on in life.
A Pharmaceutical Injury Lawyer Can Help
If your child has been born with a birth defect such as spina bifida, you need to be informed of your rights. If your child's injury came as a direct result of use of a dangerous drug, then you should seek legal help immediately. Your baby is precious to you and it undoubtedly pains you at the thought of your child having to suffer. In order for medical expenses and pain and suffering expenses to be taken care of, you need legal representation. An aggressive
pharmaceutical injury attorney at Arnold & Itkin is here to help if your child was born with a birth defect as a result of a dangerous prescription drug. By contacting our firm, we will be able to evaluate your case and determine if you have a claim. Should you become our client, you can rest assured knowing that you will be getting the highest quality of care.
Contact a birth defect lawyer from our firm today to see how you can be helped.