When a doctor or psychiatrist prescribes a pregnant woman medication for an illness or disorder, there may be significant risk for the health of her child. In these cases, a mother may find relief for her ailments, but her child’s development can undergo significant alterations or may become stunted. As a result, these children can be born with severe disabilities and chronic disorders that may even cut their lifespan short.
Dangers of Using Prescription Drugs While Pregnant
Many prescription drugs used by patients have strong potential side effects. As these drugs can severely damage even a fully-grown human body, the possible effects these medications have on an infant can prove life-threatening. Consider some of the following birth defects that have been linked to prescription medications:
- Heart conditions
- Reduced intellect
- Irritability and behavioral changes
- Anencephaly, or lack of brain development
- Blindness and deafness
- Nerve damage
While some of these conditions may be treated by surgical intervention or additional medication for the child, others cannot be reversed.
The potential for these issues to occur depends on several risk factors. They include:
- The type of drug taken
- How often it is taken
- The dosage
- The stage of fetal development during drug exposure
- How the patient reacted to the drug
- Illness, diet, and other miscellaneous risks
If your family has suffered because of a physician’s negligence in prescribing potentially hazardous drugs, you may be entitled to pursue legal compensation. To learn more about your options and rights as a parent, contact the personal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier, today by calling 800-2-HABUSH (800-242-2874).