Prozac and Birth Injuries

Should You Stop Taking This Medication?

The answer to this is highly individualized. In most cases, you will have to decide for yourself if you should stop taking Prozac or continue with it. Sometimes, deciding to stop taking this medication could do more harm than good to the mother because dangerous symptoms like suicidal thoughts will return. It would be best if you spoke with your doctor to decide the best course of action. While on this medication, there is an increased risk of having a miscarriage. Some psychologists have said that patients can benefit more from continuing to use Prozac than stopping, but in the end, the decision is yours.  The key benefit of Prozac is preventing depression. Depression can clearly harm the mother, but believe it or not, it can harm the baby as well.

How This Drug Interacts With a Pregnancy

During pregnancy, there are a few key things that you should understand about Prozac. It is primarily used as a way to treat depression and is classified as an SSRI. As such, this medication raises your serotonin levels, which helps you feel happier. Malaise, sadness, and a lack of hope characterize depression and can lead to dangerous other symptoms. However, taking Prozac comes with some health risks that you should be aware of.

Health Risks

The health risks posed to babies can increase the chances that your child experiences a birth injury. You have to weigh your options carefully. Some of the risks posed to a child due to Prozac include:

  • Autism
  • Club foot
  • Gastroschisis
  • Cleft lip
  • Anencephaly

Along with dangers to the child, there is a significant risk to the mother as well. Some of the side effects of taking Prozac may be less severe but can include sexual dysfunction, drowsiness, diarrhea, dry mouth, insomnia, restlessness, and weight gain. Pregnant women need to think of their child when taking a medication like Prozac, but there are cases of severe depression where it may be better to stay on the medication.

Doctors have a legal obligation to warn you about the medications you may be taking. They must have your best interests at heart. A failure to warn you of the risks could entitle you to financial recourse. Children are born with cerebral palsy in some cases where a medication has led to a birth injury. Most doctors will try to protect themselves legally before they prescribe these drugs to you. For example, they will ask that you sign a document that says you understand the risks this medication poses to your pregnancy. However, if you think your doctor is liable for your child’s birth injury, discuss your case with a legal professional.