A wide range of prescription and over the counter medications are designed to provide more benefit than harm to most patients. Many people takethese medications every day without negative effects.
When you are pregnant, however, your body isn’t the only one affected by the medications you take. And medications that are safe for a fully-developed adult may have profound negative effects on a still-developing baby.
When contemplating any medication choice during pregnancy, or when you’re trying to become pregnant, it’s best to talk to your doctor. Common medications that can cause harm include:
Over the Counter Pain Medications
Aspirin and ibuprofen (commonly sold as Motrin or Advil) are sold over the counter nationwide and commonly used for mild aches and pains, as well as fevers. In addition, these medications are common ingredients in a number of cold and flu medications, and many doctors recommend them for controlling swelling and pain after minor injuries like sprains. However, they can have severe negative effects on a developing baby.
Isotretinoin and Thalidomide
Isotretinoin, sold as Accutane, Absorica, Amnesteem, Claravis, and Zenatane, is an acne medication whose negative effects on fetal development are well known. Thalidomide is prescribed in some situations for skin conditions and some forms of cancer, but is also extremely toxic to a developing child.
Certain Mental Health Medications
Some antidepressants have been implicated in negative health effects during pregnancy, as has lithium, a longstanding treatment for bipolar disorder. Talking to your doctor about your mental health medication options is essential to ensure that both your health and that of your growing child are protected during pregnancy.
Other Types of Medication
Some seizure medications, chemotherapies for cancer, yeast infection medications, and asthma medications can also be harmful during pregnancy. It’s wise to discuss everything you’re taking with your doctor, including vitamins and herbal supplements.
If you were prescribed a medication that ended up harming your unborn child, don’t hesitate to contact a Birmingham injury lawyer who can help you understand your legal options and pursue the best course of action based on your goals.