Some Prescription Drugs Can Cause Birth Defects May 20, 2013.

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, "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.