The anticonvulsant medication Topamax has been linked to the development of cleft lip, cleft palate and cranial malformations in newborn babies whose mothers took the drug during pregnancy. The FDA has required Topamax to be placed in Pregnancy Category D, which means there is conclusive evidence of human fetal risk. Women taking Topamax who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant should consult their healthcare professional immediately.
Topamax Birth Defects Update 7/19/12: A recently-published study, based on more than a decade’s worth of data, has confirmed prior research which identified a strong link between Ortho-McNeil’s controversial anti-convulsant Topamax (generic: topiramate) and oral cleft birth defects. This risk is greatest when expecting mothers take Topamax during their first trimester of pregnancy, a time when many women may still be unaware they are pregnant. Click here to learn more.
Free Topamax Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has given birth to a child with cleft lip, cleft palate or cranial malformations after taking Topamax while pregnant, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.
What’s the problem?
March 4, 2011 - The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) published a warning today about the risk of development of cleft lip and/or cleft palate (oral clefts) in babies born to women treated with the anticonvulsant drug Topamax (topiramate) while pregnant. Because of new conclusive evidence about this risk, the administration has required Topamax to be placed in Pregnancy Category D, which indicates there is direct evidence of birth defects based on human data.
The FDA strongly advises pregnant women and women of childbearing potential to discuss other treatment options with their doctor before taking Topamax. Women taking topiramate should consult their healthcare professional immediately if they are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. Additionally, women who become pregnant while taking Topamax should talk to their doctor about registering with the North American Antiepileptic Drug Pregnancy Registry, a group that collects information about outcomes in infants born to women treated with antiepileptic drugs during pregnancy.
Do I have a Topamax Lawsuit?
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If you or a loved one has given birth to a child with cleft lip, cleft palate or cranial malformations after taking Topamax while pregnant, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.