The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have little information about the safety of most medications during pregnancy when they first become available. Although all medications are tested to see if they are safe and effective before they become available to the public, pregnant women usually are not included in these tests because of the possible risks to the unborn baby.
The safety of the fetus is often left in the hands of corporations to warn pregnant women of any risks and/or side effects. Sadly, corporations are often more concerned about profit instead of public safety and the warnings come too late for some.
Although we are constantly updating our list of drugs that may pose health risks for the unborn, and would be interested to talk to you about any drug that you believe may have harmed your baby, below is a list of drugs that we are currently litigating:
Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI’s) – Which include Celexa, Paxil, Zoloft, Prozac and Sarafem.
These drugs are commonly prescribed anti-depressants used to treat conditions such as depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD)
Studies have linked SSRIs to a wide range of birth defects including:
- fetal heart defects when taken during the first three months of pregnancy,
- Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the newborn (PPHN) when taken during the last half of pregnancy,
- Anencephaly - a birth defect that affect the brain and skull,
- Craniosynostosis - a birth defect that affect sutures on the head, and
- Omphalocele - a birth defect that affects the abdominal organs.
Topamax (and its generic form Topiramate) were approved only for treatment of epilepsy and migraines. However, Topamax and Topiramate have been prescribed for disorders other than epilepsy including such things as migraines, anger control, nightmares and weight loss.
Studies have linked Topamax and Topiramate with the following birth defects:
- cleft lip and/or palette,
- spina bifida,
- Hypospadias – a birth defect, primarily of males, in which the urethra opens on the underside of the penis.
- Epispadias – a birth defect of males in which the urethra opens on the upper surface of the penis.
- Limb malformation and other birth defects.