Neurontin Class Action Lawsuit

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Babies born to mothers who took Neurontin during pregnancy have been born with cleft lip, cleft palate, heart problems, gastrointestinal malformations and other birth defects.

What is Neurontin?

Neurontin (generic: gabapentin) is an epilepsy medication used to prevent and control seizures. It may also be prescribed to relieve nerve pain associated with shingles, peripheral neuropathy, diabetic neuropathy, sciatic pain and multiple sclerosis. Neurontin is manufactured by Pfizer Inc., and is classified as an anticonvulsant or antiepileptic drug.

Pregnancy Category C

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has assigned Neurontin to pregnancy category C, which means that animal studies have found adverse fetal reactions to the drug. Pregnancy C category drugs should not be used during pregnancy unless the potential benefits outweigh the risks, according to the FDA.

This puts pregnant women who suffer from epilepsy or chronic pain in a difficult position: stop taking Neurontin and risk harming the baby during an epileptic seizure, or take the drug and risk injuring the child by exposing them to the drug in the womb.

Neurontin Birth Defects

Neurontin is a newer generation anti seizure medication, and is considered to be safer for use during pregnancy than older anticonvulsants like Dilantin or Luminal. However, studies involving the effects on fetal development with newer anticonvulsants is limited, leaving experts divided. Birth defects linked to epilepsy medications include (but are not limited to):

  • Heart defects
  • Cleft lip
  • Cleft palate
  • Craniosynostosis
  • Bone malformations
  • Hydroureter
  • Hydronephrosis
  • Hypospadias
  • Hypoplasia of the mid-face and fingers
  • Polydactyly
  • Spina bifida
  • Growth retardation
  • Gastrointestinal defects
  • Nervous system defects
  • Reproductive system defects
  • Other birth defects

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