Taking certain drugs during pregnancy can cause birth defects.
Taking certain drugs during pregnancy can cause birth defects. Around 1 in 10 birth defects are caused by using over-the-counter (OTC) or prescription drugs during pregnancy. Drugs that cause birth defects are called 'teratogens'. The teratogenic drugs interfere with the normal development of a fetus and can cause birth defects including cleft lip, cleft palate, spina bifida and organ deformities.
There are several medications which are safe to use when a woman is expecting her baby. However, some prescription and OTC medications including aspirin, isotretinoin, vitamin A and some antibiotics pose the threat of birth defects and should not be used by pregnant women. Drugs have been categorized according to their potential to cause birth defects during pregnancy. Drugs in category ‘A’ are considered the safest, whereas drugs in Category ‘X’ cannot be used in pregnancy under any circumstances.
As a rule, no medication should be taken during pregnancy without the advice of a doctor.
Latest Publications and Research on Drug-Induced Birth Defects
- Brugada syndrome: A comprehensive review of pathophysiological mechanisms and risk stratification strategies. - Published by PubMed
- Brain temperature and its role in physiology and pathophysiology: Lessons from 20 years of thermorecording. - Published by PubMed
- Spontaneous Fluctuations in Liver Biochemistries in Patients with Compensated NASH Cirrhosis: Implications for Drug Hepatotoxicity Monitoring. - Published by PubMed
- Lessons learned from using fMRI in the early clinical development of a mu-opioid receptor antagonist for disorders of compulsive consumption. - Published by PubMed
- LCAT protects against Lipoprotein-X formation in a murine model of drug-induced intrahepatic cholestasis. - Published by PubMed