Diflucan is an antifungal medication normally prescribed to treat fungus caused infections of the mouth, throat, esophagus, lungs and other organs. In more rare cases it can be used to treat a brain infection named meningitis or to reduce the risks of infections in individuals with a weakened immune system.
The medication should be taken once a day respecting the prescribed dosage and treatment period. The dosage will be established individually for each patient, depending on the severity of the infection and the way the patient reacts to the treatment. Although it is undoubtedly an efficient medication it can also harm certain patients through the side effects it can develop.
Pregnant women are exposed to the highest risks when using Diflucan. The drug might affect their unborn baby. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s warning issued in 2011 high doses of the drug taken during pregnancy can cause the development of congenital malformations in the fetus. Diflucan birth defects include bone and joint abnormalities, muscle weakness, congenital heart defect and facial malformations like cleft lip or palate.
Parents of infants born with these problems might be interested in filing a Diflucan birth defect lawsuit. However they will need the support of an experienced personal injury attorney because product liability lawsuits are often complicated and difficult to prove. After an initial case evaluation attorneys can investigate the details of the case to establish whether plaintiffs have a valid legal claim or not. In order to be able to win the lawsuit affected families will have to prove that the mother was prescribed with high doses of Diflucan during pregnancy, that the baby was born with malformations due to the medication and that the birth defects resulted in financial losses for the family. If they can do so they will be eligible to receive financial compensation to cover the costs of present and future medical treatment and care.