Dangerous Drugs Exposed by a Cleveland Medical Malpractice Attorney
Having a baby is a special time in life. You want it to be perfect, but sometimes it doesn’t happen that way. As much as the medical staff tries to keep you and your baby comfortable, healthy, and safe, things happen. For instance, you could be prescribed dangerous drugs that may harm your child. If this has happened to you, consult with an Ohio medical malpractice attorney.
Drugs that May Result in an Ohio Birth Injury Claim
A few drugs that could cause a birth injury include:
- Anticoagulants – Anticoagulants are blood thinners commonly known as warfarin or the brand name, Coumadin. Women taking this type of drug between the sixth and twelfth week of pregnancy increase the chance of having a baby with nasal cartilage problems and defects of the central nervous system.
- Lithium – Lithium, which is often prescribed for those with bipolar disorder, increases the risk of heart defects in babies whose mothers ingested the drug during pregnancy.
- Antimetabolite or Anticancer Drugs – Methotrexate and aminopterin help people with rheumatoid arthritis, ectopic pregnancy, psoriasis and malignancy. If taken during pregnancy it can cause many birth defects such as growth deficiency, low-set ears, short limbs and much more. The greatest risk for birth defects is taking the drugs during the sixth and eighth week of pregnancy.
- Antithyroid Drugs – The antithyroid drugs thiouracil/propylthiouracil and carbimazole/methimaxole can cause goiter, hypothyroidism and cretinism (mental retardation) in babies whose mothers took them during pregnancy. While there is a risk of birth defects, hyperthyroidism during pregnancy can also result in problems, so this medication can sometimes be used during pregnancy with caution. Doctors typically prescribe the lowest dose possible to reduce the risk of defects.
Contact a Cleveland Medical Malpractice Attorney
If you believe you or your baby suffered injury because of medical malpractice, call an experienced team of medical malpractice attorneys in Ohio at (440) 252-4399. With a brief phone call, you can set up a free evaluation to find out if compensation may be in order for the suffering you and your baby must endure. Don’t wait, call now.