CDC Study-Clomid Side Effects May Be Linked To Birth Defects
Clomid powder Side Effects Can Cause Birth Defects. A study of Clomid (clomiphene-citrate) conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) links the drug, Clomid, to significantly increased risks for numerous, serious birth defects, including cleft lip and palate. The CDC study involved women who reported use of the ovulation medication, Clomid, in the two months before conception and during the first month of pregnancy. Birth defects associated with Clomid are serious, and some are life threatening. The terrible irony is that the very fertility treatment prescribed to help women conceive may lead to their babies being born with seriously crippling and, in some cases, life-threatening birth defects.
The birth defect attorneys at Parker Waichman LLP are investigating potential lawsuits on behalf of children and their parents in cases in which the expectant mother was prescribed the fertility drug, Clomid, and the baby was born with, or suffers from, any of the adverse reactions indicated in the complete list of birth defects below. If your child was born with any of these birth defects and you believe that your use of Clomid may be to blame, we urge you to contact the attorneys at Parker Waichman LLP, who are experienced in defective drug and birth injury litigation. Please contact us at 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529) today.
Clomid received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1967 to assist women suffering from infertility issues to conceive. Clomid is the most commonly prescribed fertility drug and is in a class of drugs called ovulatory stimulants. Clomid functions by inducing ovulation (egg production) in women who are unable to produce eggs. When used by women, Clomid works similarly to estrogen, a female hormone that causes eggs to develop in the ovaries and to be released. Clomid is available as a tablet that is usually taken once a day for five days, beginning on or about day five of the woman’s menstrual cycle.
The FDA has deemed Clomid as a Category X risk, the highest level pregnancy risk assigned to a drug, meaning that evidence exists that Clomid treatment may cause birth defects when used during pregnancy and that Clomid should not be used during pregnancy.
The FDA indicates that, in order to avoid inadvertent Clomid administration during early pregnancy, appropriate tests should be utilized during each treatment cycle to determine whether ovulation occurs. The patient should be evaluated carefully to exclude pregnancy, ovarian enlargement, or ovarian cyst formation between each treatment cycle. The next course of Clomid therapy should be delayed until these conditions have been excluded.