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Doctor insights on: Birth Defects From Drug And Alcohol Use

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Is there disability aid for children with preventible birth defects like fetal alcohol?

Is there disability aid for children with preventible birth defects like fetal alcohol?

Yes: Most states offer disability aid for a variety of conditions such as fetal alcohol. It can vary depending on how severely the child is affected. ...Read more

Dr. Gregg Albers
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Alcohol Consumption (Definition)

Alcohol is available in many beverages, from beer and wine to the more potent distilled spirits, such as gin, rye, and whiskey. There appear to be at least small health benefits of small amounts of alcohol use (fewer than five drinks per week), especially of red wine Excessive alcohol use can lead to addiction and severe social and physical complications. Excess long term alcohol use is the most common cause of cirrhosis of the ...Read more


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I am curious if guys use drugs heavily, do they have a chance for birth defects?

I am curious if guys use drugs heavily, do they have a chance for birth defects?

Probably: While it is known that alcohol, tobacco, and many drugs used by a pregnant woman can have negative effects on her baby, the effects of paternal drug use are less clear. What is known is that many drugs reduce sperm production, or damage sperm, increasing the risk of infertility in men. Also, animal studies show that many drugs given to the father can result in birth defects in their offspring. ...Read more

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What are some of the birth defects caused by the drug thalidomide? What was the drug used for?

What are some of the birth defects caused by the drug thalidomide? What was the drug used for?

Limb loss: Thalidomide was originally marketed in britain as a nausea drug during pregnancy. It later became evident that about 30% of women who used it during the 4-7 wk (when arms & legs were forming) gave birth to infants with defects.These ranged from absence of one or more limbs to malformation of the limbs that formed. ...Read more

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Was there a drug for acne around 1970 that caused major birth defects?

Was there a drug for acne around 1970 that caused major birth defects?

Accutane?: If you're thinking of accutane, it was introduced in the early 1980s. It does cause birth defects, so patients taking it must enroll in the ipledge registry to ensure that they do not become pregnant while taking it. ...Read more

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Can doing drugs cause a mutation in sperm, which leads to birth defects?

Can doing drugs cause a mutation in sperm, which leads to birth defects?

See responce: Vague question,which particular drug ? lenght of use ? An occasional use may not be detrimental (this is no approval of use) , ...Read more

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Will there be birth defects on fertility medications or viagra (sildenafil) drugs?

Will there be birth defects on fertility medications or viagra (sildenafil) drugs?

NO EFFECTS: Birth defects occur if mother gets sick or take medications during the first trimester of pregnancy or exposed to sick person during that time and other unknown factors. ...Read more

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Can past hard drug abuse damage the ova in a woman and cause mental retardation or birth defects?

Can past hard drug abuse damage the ova in a woman and cause mental retardation or birth defects?

No: The ova is already formed before any environmental influences. However, after conception, current drug use can affect the baby, but not previous activity. ...Read more

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How some drugs cause birth defect in pregnant womans?.Can it alter a baby's normal growth by producing some chemicals or change DNA & cause mutation?

How some drugs cause birth defect in pregnant womans?.Can it alter a baby's normal growth by producing some chemicals or change DNA & cause mutation?

All of the above: All of the things you mentioned can happen. In addition, some drugs can block certain steps in the formation of proteins needed to build the body, and then abnormal proteins form and defects occur. There are sooooo many different ways drugs and chemicals can affect the growing body - we probably don't even know al of them yet. ...Read more

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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
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Birth Defects (Definition)

Birth defects is a term for structural or functional abnormalities that a baby is be born with. These defects can be the result of genetic mutations or external insults to the developing fetus, such ...Read more


Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
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Congenital Abnormalities (Definition)

Congenital abnormalities, commonly known as "birth defects," are structural conditions that are present from birth. Common abnormalities include limb or facial malformations, but may ...Read more