If an infection develops during pregnancy, a doctor may need to prescribe
an antibiotic. Although many, such as penicillin, ampicillin, and amoxicillin,
are commonly prescribed to pregnant women and are safe to use when taken
correctly, some drugs, such as Tegretol, Coumadin, and warfarin, can have
serious adverse side effects.

Drugs That Can Cause Birth Defects

Chemicals (such as mercury), infections (such as syphilis), and drugs (such
as streptomycin, tetracycline, metronidazole, and doxycycline) known as
teratogens
have the potential to cause birth defects. Other medications that should be avoided include ACE inhibitors, and
acne and thyroid medications.

The FDA has assigned categories A, B, C, D, and X to each drug, based on
its potential risks. Sometimes, however, a drug’s benefits outweigh
its risks.

“For example,” says Healthline.com, “a woman with epilepsy
may require phenytoin to control her seizures. Despite the risk of teratogenic
effects, the woman is better off taking the phenytoin than risking uncontrolled
seizures during pregnancy.”

If you believe your doctor prescribed a medication that caused debilitating
injuries, and failed to warn you about potential adverse side effects,
contact our Cleveland office for a free consultation. Or
request attorney Chris Mellino’s free, easy-to-read guide to filing
a malpractice claim
in Ohio. You may be able to pursue compensation for medical expenses,
lost wages, and other damages.