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What is atrazine? Does it cause birth defects?

What is atrazine? Does it cause birth defects?

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. ...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


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Used over-the-counter whitening tray once last week and found out yesterday I am pregnant. Can it cause birth defects?

Used over-the-counter whitening tray once last week and found out yesterday I am pregnant. Can it cause birth defects?

Generally safe: Over the counter whitening trays are generally safe to use. However, limited information is known about potential effects during pregnancy and therefore should be avoided. ...Read more

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If a man is taking vicodin Zanaflex (tizanidine) and nuerontin can it cause birth defects if my wife gets pregnant while im on this medicine ?

If a man is taking vicodin Zanaflex (tizanidine) and nuerontin can it cause birth defects if my wife gets pregnant while im on this medicine ?

No.: There little to no evidence linking paternally ingested drugs to birth defects. The paternal contribution to birth defects had to do with age (more autosomal dominant rare but severe traits can manifest after de novo mutations in the spermatozoa) and family history and not generally with drug exposure. ...Read more

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What are the risks of vicodin withdrawl in the first trimester? Can it cause birth defects? Can I do anything to make it better for the baby?

What are the risks of vicodin withdrawl in the first trimester?  Can it cause birth defects? Can I do anything to make it better for the baby?

No defects: Vicodin during the first trimester has not been associated with recognized birth defects. It is listed as a category c drug, meaning some animal studies suggest problems with fetal development but existing human data do not. A neonatal withdrawal process is possible if exposed near the time of delivery. Getting off the med & keeping healthy is the best thing you can do for baby. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take oil of oregano a few days before trying to conceive? Can it cause birth defects? I recently read not to take it during pregnancy.

Is it safe to take oil of oregano a few days before trying to conceive? Can it cause birth defects? I recently read not to take it during pregnancy.

Why are u taking oil: Of oregano? I mean if you read it's not safe in pregnancy and u are trying to conceive then stop. I don't know if it's a problem or not but seems easy enough to get off your mind. If it provides some life saving mineral or enzyme then u can't stop but otherwise ... Just get on a pre-natal vitamin. Good luck. ...Read more

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I took tetracycline 500 mg 5 tablets and doxycycline 100mg 4tablets off and on until my 5th wk of pregnancy. Would it cause birth defects.

I took tetracycline 500 mg 5 tablets and doxycycline 100mg 4tablets off and on until my 5th wk of pregnancy. Would it cause birth defects.

YES : Tetracycline can cause fetal toxicity when given to pregnant women.Fetal bone and teeth accumulation. In general, reports of exposure have been limited to short durations of therapy in the first trimester. Tetracycline may discolor fetal teeth following maternal use during pregnancy; the specific teeth involved and the portion of the tooth affected depends on the timing and duration of exposure. ...Read more

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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