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A 40-year-old member asked:

Can valium cause birth defects?

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Dr. Evaristo Badiola
Psychiatry 47 years experience
Possibly.: Studies in rats have shown that it can lead to cleft palate and other palatal abnormalities. Anti-anxiety meds like valium is category d meaning it is likely to cause birth defects. I would not recommend valium at any stage of pregnancy.
Dr. Walter Root
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Yes: All medications in this class, benzodiazepines, are category d -- known to cause birth defects in humans.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

What is atrazine? Does it cause birth defects?

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Dr. Michael H. T. Sia
Pediatrics 31 years experience
Yes: Atrazine is a widely used herbicide (esp. With corn fields & grass on golf courses) with history of widespread contamination in drinking water and association with menstrual problems, birth defects & more vulnerable to cancer in later life. It is banned in europe. Environmental protection agency feels the current levels & spikes are safe. Scientists/health advocates disagree.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Which medication can cause birth defects?

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Dr. R. Wayne Inzer
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
List is too long: That list is way too long. Unless a drug is listed by the fda as category a or b there is at least a theoretical risk. The risk is higher for a d drug and absolute danger if rated x.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Birth defects are on the rise. What could cause this?

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Dr. Holly Maes
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Many reasons: First, are they really increasing, or are they just living. Up until recently in history most of those pregnancies with defects would miscarry or the baby die rapidly after birth. Now we save these pregnancies and children. However, if increase, it is likely the many environmental exposures we have in the industrial age, both in the air we breath and perhaps the foods we eat.

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