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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Birth Defects

These comments are made for the purpose of discussion and should NOT be used as recommendations for or against therapies or other treatments. An individual patient is always advised to consult their own physician.

Birth Defect Risks While Taking Klonopine & Luvox [posted 10/29/98]
Question: I am currently taking Luvox @100 mg / daily and Klonopin @0.5 mg /daily. I would like to start having children and I was wondering if there is any information on the risks involved with birth defects. Also, is there any web sites where I could get research papers or journal write ups on the risks.

Answer: Best place is to check with the manufacturers Luvox-Solvay Pharmaceuticals 770-578-9000, Klonopin - Roche 800-526-6367. They will usually send you information;but, if not they will to your physician.

Stillborn Child
Question: What are the situations that could make a child be born still born?

Answer: There are lots of possibilities. Cord wrapped around the neck, placenta previa, fetal malformations(genetic), uterine infections, placental insufficiency.

Drug use and birth defects
Question: Is there any possibilities of birth defects if the Father used drugs in the past? He is not a drug-user now, but has experimented with speed and marijuana. The Mother has never used drugs.

Answer: It depends on the drug, but in general no, if not in the past three months.

Birth Defects
Question: My husbandís mother took a drug during her pregnancy for morning sickness in the 1960s. This drug caused birth defects in many children, and I was wondering what the drug was so I can do some research before we have children of our own. I believe my husband has a mild form of birth defect because he only has one bone in his lower arms and cannot turn his wrists palm side up. He is worried that this will be passed on to any children we have. Is this a valid concern? His mother doesn't talk about any drugs or the pregnancy much.

Answer: There were several medications used for morning sickness. You might want to try contacting her physician. I would need the drug before I could help.

Question: When I was 3-4 weeks gestation with my son, I was in a car accident, and was prescribed Lodine and soma for pain of whiplash. I would like to know if it is possible for those medications to be linked to a very rare congenital birth defect called Septo-Optic Dysplasia. My son was just diagnosed, and he is 5 months old. The reason for this question is that the car accident was faulted to the person who hit me, and there are attorneys involved. Thank you for your research and answering this question for me.

Answer: I'm sorry, but, I can't get involved with legal issues.

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