I will tell you the moral of the story before I even start the story: Just because a medication is sold over-the-counter, does not mean it’s always safe. There, feel free to skip the rest of the blog (although I hope you stick around to learn a pearl of wisdom).
For those of you still here, let me tell you a story or 2 (or 3).
There has been a lot of news coverage about the Zika virus and the birth defects it can cause if a woman is infected during pregnancy. Did you know that the medication in your cabinet may also cause harm to a developing fetus?
When you (or your teenage daughter) start a new medication, it might be the last thing on your mind to think about whether that medication can cause birth defects, otherwise known as a teratogen. After all, if you’re not trying to get pregnant (or you don’t think your teen is having sex, right?), it may not be the first thing you think of when you or your teen start a medication. But…what if? What if you or someone you love were at risk of getting pregnant while on a medication that causes birth defects?