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Teratogens

Definition - What does Teratogens mean?

Teratogens are something that can cause an interruption to the natural development of an embryo or fetus. The teratogen may lead to a birth defect or cause a termination of the pregnancy. Teratogens are rated into varying categories based on their level of potential harm to the fetus or embryo. Classes of teratogens include radiation, maternal infection, chemicals, and drugs. Drugs that are recognized teratogens include ACE inhibitors, alcohol, some anti-depressants and anti-thyroid drugs.

Safeopedia explains Teratogens

Classes of teratogens include radiation, maternal infection, chemicals, and drugs. Drugs that are recognized teratogens include ACE inhibitors, alcohol, some anti-depressants and anti-thyroid drugs. While teratogens must be avoided at all costs during pregnancy, some teratogens are also medications that are necessary for the health of the mother. These may include thyroid medications, blood thinners and lithium. Women who are using these medications need to consult very closely with their doctor if they become pregnant, in order to find alternative ways to treat their condition.

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