Anti-Seizure Medication Depakote Linked to Serious Birth Defects & Death
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one took Depakote during pregnancy and had a child with birth defects, 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?
Depakote is a popular drug used to treat epilepsy and manic episodes of bipolar disorder. Unfortunately, there are many Depakote side effects associated with the drug that have resulted in lawsuits, including one class action suit in the UK. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has classified Depakote into pregnancy category D, due to its likelihood of causing serious and potentially life-threatening birth defects.
A study released in 2006 showed that the effects of Depakote can be devastating for newborns exposed to the drug before birth. The study, released in the medical journal Neurology, found that major congenital malformations and fetal death were more common for women who took Depakote while pregnant compared with women who took other antiepileptic drugs.
Of the women who took Depakote while pregnant, 20.3% had babies who experienced serious adverse outcomes. This is compared with 10.7% of those taking Dilantin, 8.2% on Tegretol, and 1.0% on Lamictal. The serious adverse events in babies who were exposed to Depakote included coarctation of the aorta, atrial septal defect (ASD), hydronephrosis (distention and dilation of the renal pelvis), cleft palate, dysplastic ribs, pulmonary stenosis, hand malformations, undescended testes, hypospadias (a birth defect in males that involves the urethral opening occurring in the wrong place), and hypoplastic right heart syndrome (HRHS).
Women who took a high dose of Depakote had a higher likelihood of giving birth to a baby with defects. Those who were at or above the average first trimester dose had adverse outcomes at a rate of 24.2% whereas those who had doses below the average had adverse outcomes at a rate of 9.1%
Depakote Birth Defects Update 1/24/13: A new study has determined that Depakote can cause lowered IQ’s and other cognitive deficiencies in children born to mothers who take the drug during pregnancy. Specifically, the research found that babies exposed to Depakote in the womb had IQ’s that were seven to 10 points lower than other children at age six, as well as reduced language skills and memory capacity. Click here to learn more.
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