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Categories of drugs that may cause birth defects

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has laid out pregnancy categories that denote how safe the drug is during pregnancy.

The categories run from A to X with A being the most safe and X being the least. Category A shows no pregnancy risk, very few drugs are in this category and an example of it is prenatal vitamins.

Category B includes drugs that have shown no risks in animal pregnancies, but that have not bee tested on humans. Category C are drugs that were tested on animals and a fetal risk has been shown, but no studies have been done on humans.

Many prescription drugs fall into this category. Category D are drugs that show fetal risks, but the benefits outweigh the risks in some cases. The last category is Category X where the risks outweigh the benefits completely.

If you or a loved one’s child has suffered from a birth defect after taking Depakote while pregnant, contact the Depakote birth defect lawyers of Williams Kherkher by calling 800-761-3187.

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