Provigil and Nuvigil Unsafe for Pregnant Women
Sleep disorders can interfere with an individual’s productivity as well as lower their quality of life. In certain lines of work or industries, sleep disorders such as shift work disorder, and narcolepsy can be dangerous due to the importance of being awake while carrying out certain work activities such as operating machinery. Narcolepsy, obstructive sleep apnea and shift work disorders can also lead to other health complications such as heart disease and vascular disorders, making their treatment a matter of great importance. Provigil and Nuvigil are two medications approved for the treatment of sleep disorders, and their active ingredient is modafinil, a stimulant. Recently, it was discovered that women that took any of these two drugs were more likely to give birth to children with birth defects, some of which may be irreparable.
Are you looking for a Provigil and Nuvigil drug injury attorney? Please contact us NOW at (773) 322-1673 to learn more about your legal options for compensation. The manufacturers of these drugs were aware about the possible side-effects associated with their medication, but failed to warn the public, thereby taking their ability to make an informed choice regarding whether or not they would have wanted to continue with the medication, or try something different that had a better safety profile. If you or your child has been harmed by Provigil or Nuvigil, we’d love to hear from you. Please call McCready, Garcia & Leet NOW at (773) 322-1673 to learn more about your legal options for compensation. The call is 100% FREE, and there’s no obligation.
When taken during pregnancy, Provigil and Nuvigil can lead to the following:
- Cleft lip palate
- Congenital heart defect
In particular, these wakefulness medications can cause the following types of heart defects:
- Pulmonary atresia
- Coarctation of the aorta
- Atrial septal defects
- Total anomalous pulmonary venous return
- Ebstein anomaly
- Interrupted aortic arch
- Hypoplastic left heart syndrome
- Truncus arteriosus
Congenital heart defects caused by Provigil and Nuvigil tend to be so serious that the child may need surgery before they turn 1.
Microcephaly and Provigil/Nuvigil
Microcephaly refers to a condition that presents as head size defects, where children are born with very small heads. This condition is so serious that it may lead to severe development issues necessitating lifelong care of the child. It has neither treatment nor cure, and the child may suffer constant seizures, have problems standing, talking, walking or sitting. Modafinil, the active ingredient in Provigil and Nuvigil, has been shown to cause this condition when taken during pregnancy.
Provigil and Nuvigil Birth Defects – Teva Under Fire
Teva is the company that manufactures Provigil and Nuvigil, and it recently alerted the European health authorities regarding an increased risk of birth defects with the consumption of its medications. However, the company did not inform the FDA in a timely manner, regardless of the fact that the government agency had placed the drug in category C when it came to pregnancy, which indicated the possibility for fetal development issues.
Provigil Nuvigil Lawsuit Attorneys – Call Us Today
It is important to note that while there is no current class action lawsuit for Provigil and Nuvigil, there exists a registry that you must sign up for if you took even a single dose of Provigil or Nuvigil either 6 weeks before conceiving, or during your pregnancy. We’d also like to ask that you get in touch with our Provigil and Nuvigil lawsuits attorney NOW at (773) 322-1673 so we can best help you when it comes to filing a timely legal claim so your child can get the medical care they so desperately need. The call is 100% FREE, and there is no obligation. Thanks, and we look forward to hearing from you.