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Bendectin And Birth Defects: What You Need To Know


Bendectin is a morning sickness drug that was widely used in the 1970s and 1980s. It produced many happy mothers who were more than willing to overlook Bendectin’s possible side effects, including congenital disabilities. This article will discuss Bendectin and birth defects, what you need to know about this topic, and how Bendectin may affect your pregnancy.

What do you need to know about Bendectin?

Bendectin is no longer produced in the United States or Canada because of lawsuits that suggested it caused birth defects after being taken by mothers during pregnancy. This drug was associated with an increased risk of major birth defects, including heart malformations, spina bifida (open spine), cleft palate, facial abnormalities, extra fingers or toes, club foot deformities, and other physical disabilities.

Does it cause congenital disabilities?

This drug was studied extensively. The results of these studies concluded that there was no direct relation between Bendectin and birth defects. Bendectin had been on the market for over 20 years before there was any evidence that Bendectin may cause birth defects in children of mothers who took Bendectin during their pregnancies.

Is it still on the market?

Bendectin was a very popular drug in the 1980s and early 1990s. Bendectin is no longer on the market today, as of 2005.

To conclude, Bendectin does not cause congenital disabilities. However, it has been off the market for over 20 years.