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4 Surprising Medications That Can Harm a Developing Baby

Parents want the best for the baby they’re expecting. The take all the necessary precautions, like reorganizing their home in anticipation of the child, and the mother makes general changes so as not to hurt the child’s development. These include changes like diet, removing alcohol, and of course, monitoring medications. But despite best efforts and intentions, it’s always possible for a mother to take a medication not knowing it can affect their child. Below are four surprising medications that can harm a developing baby:


Many families have filed lawsuits over Zofran, an anti-nausea medication made for patients undergoing cancer treatment or certain kinds of surgeries. It’s also not uncommon for pregnant woman to be prescribed Zofran to treat morning sickness. Zofran has been linked to birth defects, such as cleft palate and various heart defects.


Studies have linked popular antidepressant medication Paxil to a variety of birth defects. Heart defects, primarily but also anencephaly, a condition that causes a child to be born with missing parts of the skull and brain. While cases are scarce, the drug has been linked.


Approved and prescribed to treat epilepsy and occasionally depression, Depakote has been linked to a wide variety of birth defects. Defects include cleft palate, urinary issues, heart problems, spina bifida, and even mental disabilities. Tragically, the drug has been linked when used in the first trimester of pregnancy – a time when some mothers don’t even know they’re pregnant.


Devised in 2002 to treat anxiety and depression, the FDA has reinforced its warning on Lexapro due to a possible association with various birth defects. This includes congenital heart defects, cranial defects, abdominal defects and Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN).

The drugs above have all been around for quite some time. For a variety of reasons, a pregnant woman may be prescribed any of the drugs above without being properly informed, be it by the drug manufacturer or a doctor, regarding the serious side effects that could befall the baby.

If your child has suffered a birth injury due to the use of a medication, contact the product liability lawyers at Calcagno and Associates today. You could be eligible for compensation regarding your child’s birth injuries.

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