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I took this drug in the 1970's while pregnant. Am looking for the side effects to the babies. Drug has been off the market for many years. Not sure on correct spelling. Used for nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. Thank you for any help you can send me. Sincerely, Dana Jones.

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lois hindes Says:
 
i took bendicton in 1981/82 my 27 yr old has a hard time concentrating,and sometimes doesnt connect to situations like she is out in sp0ace?? we are checking for asbers syndron does anyone know if this came from taking bendectin??

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Trish Says:
 
I took bendictine. My daughter had a deformed toe and two deformed molars in her mouth. She also has severe mood swings. I took it because I had severe vomiting when I was pregnant. I blame the drug for my daughter's problems.

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Monique Says:
 
WOW! All of these stories are amazing. I am 30 years old and my mother took Benedictine in 1978 for morning sickness while pregnant with me.
When I was about 21 years old, my gynecologist told me my cervix was odd and said I may have difficulty having children or not be able to carry a child at all. He also asked if my mother took morning sickness meds while carrying me, because it (no name was given) was known to cause reproductive defects in the female babies. When I asked my mother about it, she said yes she did because she had very bad morning sickness, but heard after using the medication for a while that it possibly caused defects, so she stopped.
Though I have not had any further testing/analysis of the cervix/uterus situation, it is very hard for me to think I may not be able to have children because of this drug, especially never having been married and looking to get married and have a family.
Is there any legal action or research going forth on this? Some of the possible defects caused by this drug are incredible. Something should be done. I have seen several people reply that there is defenitive scientific proof, and while yes, some of these unfortunate birth defects may have happened without Bendictine, all of these stories, and who knows how many others, can't just be pure coincidence.


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Ann Says:
 
I took Benedictine in 1967, 1968, 1989. My third son was born with defects: He had a hemangioma near his windpipe and had to have a trach for 16 mo. at age 6mo. At age 7 he was diagnosed with kidney failure due to a undersized ureter and underwent surgery to open the ureter. He was under dr. care until he was 12. As an adult, he has experienced kidney problems including scar tissue which had to be removed. I really believe that Benedictine had something to do with these problems.

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Heather Brodio Says:
 
I took bendictine in 1978-79 and again in 1981-82. Both children experience mirror reflexes. My daughter is 30 and my son is 26. He cannot turn a wrench without the other hand doing it too. The doctor said that they would grow out of it, but they did not. The Airforce doctor had stated that mirror reflexes are a side effect of bendictine. Has the drug manufacturer done anything to compensate for these 'side effects'?

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PK Says:
 
I am a child of the drug. Limb defects of L hand and L & R ankles turned inwards like club foot, I also barely escaped spina bifida and barely have skin covering my lower spine. I have had numerous surgeries to correct or at least lessen the effects. I went through bone lengthening on my hand to create a somewhat useful appendage. Recently a complete R ankle fusion. The effects of the drug on development, from my self and others is evident and important data. The arguments go both ways on if it did or did not cause any birth defects, but to have multiple types of birth defects in one shot is extremely extremely rare. The statistical evidence points towards a correlation and now, NO drug is told to be taken while pregnant, because even some of the greatest minds in science don't know how exactly a drug will interact with a developing fetus. I recently had a child and he is healthy, however I was scared to death that somehow my chromosomes were damaged by that drug. There is no doubt that doxylamine succinate can have a effect on developing fetuses.

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DRA Says:
 
In Dec 1973 I was prescribed an anti-nausea suppository for morning sickness which lasted 24/7 for 4 months. The suppository would cure the nausea but put me to sleep for 8 hrs at a time if I was still or make me act drunk if moving around. At some point oral medication replaced that & I took it thru the 4th month, when the nausea subsided.
My daughter who will be 35 next month was diagnosed with Arnold Chiari Syndrome in 2005 after suffering from increasingly severe headaches since her teens, as well as other debilitating symptoms. She is scheduled for surgery soon.
I remember when this medication was taken off the market in the 1980s & at the time felt very lucky that she had no problems.
With this diagnosis I began wondering if this might have been one of the problems potentially resulting from this medication.

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Marianne Says:
 
I was prescribed Benedictine for my first two pregnancies in 1975 and 1977. I had morning sickness all 9 months, so I took it all 9 months. However, by my 1979 pregnancy, my doctor would not prescribe it for me, saying it was off the market. My daughter who was born in 1977 has problems with her cervix. She had several miscarriages before they determined the problem. To solve the issue, she has to get cervical cerclages to basically sew the baby in until she delivers. I am proud she now has 3 healthy children. However, her doctor asked her if I took Benedictine when I was pregnant and she asked me. I then found this website and was amazed that other daughters have the same reproductive problem. In reading everyone's stories, it is very sad that this one drug has caused so much pain and suffering.

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Mary Says:
 
My mother took benedictine in 1975 for morning sickness with her 1st baby, he was found to have a heart defect, a hole in his heart and died at 3 months on the table during open heart surgery.

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Patti Says:
 
I just came across the information talking about the side effects of Bendectine. Scary stuff. It is hard to believe, I took Bendectine...like it was candy..during my first pregnancy for the entire 9 months. I was so sick and could not get off of it. My son is totally normal from what I can tell, he is extremely intelligent, graduated top 2 percent of high school, college and medical school. He is physically very goodlooking, and from what I can see, has not had any medical issue. During the second pregnancy, I took Bendectine for maybe the first 3 months....and from what I can see this son has no issues from this medication either. He is as bright, successful and physically as good looking as his brother. I don't know how I could have survived the first pregnancy without the use of this medication. Something else to worry about..

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Louise Says:
 
Can anyone tell me how to get information (the components) of this drug Benedictine??I looked online and in a PDR book and cannot find!
Thank you

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Donna Says:
 
I took bendectine in 1980 while pregnant with my daughter. She had over 32 speech defects, learning disabilities that couldn't be diagnosed, I suspect Aspberger's Syndrome, super acute hearing, her eyes are so bad she can only see about 6 inches in front of her without glasses, extreme migraines, social interaction diffuculties, mood swings, extremely painful menstruation, the enamel on her back teeth were messed up with holes in her teeth, muscle pain or arthritis....She is very intelligent, honors History degree, double Masters degree in business and marketing. She has a 6 month old baby who seems very intelligent but was born face up with a pointed head. I'm hoping that she will be fine! I've always thought that the bendectine caused these things.......What can we do about it......class action lawsuit anyone???

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JF Says:
 
I was born in in 79 to a mother who took Bendictin. I have a limb defect on my left hand, had multi surgeries, fertility issues, and suffered ridicule from the time I entered school til graduation. Often someone will ask me what happened, and occasionally the person asking used Bendictin, and of course their child was perfectly fine, to which then turns into a public service announcement for the benefits of Bendictin and that my mother must of done something wrong, my mother the registered nurse. As I thumb through these comments, my heart aches for the thousands of children that so coincidentally suffered defects after being exposed to Bendictin. And find it a dreadful fate to wonder what is in store for me, nerve damage? more fertility issues? That it's insulting to hear about the perfect child from the mother who took Bendictin.

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JohnS Says:
 
My mother took Bendectin when she was pregnant with me, in 1979. I don't know if there's a connection to the drug, but I do suffer from chronic migraines and joint pain. And I have learning disabilites.

On a more technical note, Here's a few links for anyone wanting to learn more...

http:/­/­www.upenn.edu/­pennpress/­book/­744.html

http:/­/­www.birthdefects.org/­research/­bendectin_1.php

And it's worth noting that Bendectin was developed by the same company (DOW) that produced Thalidomide, the beastly drug that deformed roughly 10,000 children around the world.

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Shanny Says:
 
I am also a product of the drug prescribed to my mom in 78. I suffer from extreme allergies, hives, nose bleeds, seizures, anemia, badly crooked spine and malformed enamel on horribly deformed teeth. My tonsils were removed after they were found to have grown mold!
Not only am I suffering, my daughter is eight years old and is cursed with the same afflictions.

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Sandy Says:
 
I took Bendectin in 1981. My son was born with hand deformities. I was in a class action suit against Merrill Dow. It never made it to trial. My husband and I were young and were talked into a very small settlement. My son now 28 also suffers from hearing problems and colon problems. I am concerned that there may be fertility problems as well as I didn't know that this could be a problem until after reading these forums. I hope it is not an issue for him. Thanks for the information.

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STEPHANIE S. Says:
 
MY MOM TOOK THIS DRUG IN 1970 DURING MOST OF HER PREGNANCY WITH ME. I HAVE ALWAYS HAD TERRIBLY PAINFUL MENSTRUAL CYCLES THAT COULD NEVER BE EXPLAINED BY DOCS. I HAVE ALWAYS HAD SEVERE ANXIETY SINCE CHILDHOOD, BEEN VERY MOODY AND HAVE BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH BI-POLAR II. I HAVE HAD SEVERE BOUTS WITH DEPRESSION AND SOCIAL ANXIETY. I HAVE ALLERGIES AND THIS GENERAL FEELING OF DISCONNECTION WITH PEOPLE-SPACEY AND ULTRA SENSITIVE ARE OTHER TRAITS. THE WORST PART HAS BEEN MY STOMACH ISSUES- NAUSEA, VOMITING, SOUR STOMACH AND CONSTANT BUTTERFLIES. IS THERE A CONNECTION TO BENEDICTINE?

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Shanny Says:
 
So now that I have suffered MY whole life with deformed molars, nose bleeds, allergies, asthma, knee pain, insomnia,etc. I have also passed the enamel deformity on to my daughter. I want to take legal action. I am a single mom unable to afford the dental bills we face so where do we turn to take legal steps to fight this billion dollar pharmaceutical company?

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Shanny Says:
 
The more research I do into this subject the more I am convinced that we have to bring forth a lawsuit, to at least have our cases in writing and documented against this company.
I am in Alberta, Canada and anyone else interested in this, here is a link
http:/­/­www.theinterim.com/­issues/­exit-thalidomide-enter-bendectin-2/­

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Josie Says:
 
I took bendictine in 1973 and my daughter has heart/lung defects.I never could figure it out.I think my questions have finally been answered

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