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Birth Defects Associated with Depakote

The antipsychotic medicine Depakote may cause birth defects in children born to mothers who take the drug during pregnancy.

There are a variety of serious and sometimes life-threatening side effects associated with Depakote and Depakote ER.  Below is a brief list of some of the more serious birth defects associated with the drugs.

  • Spina bifida
  • Intrauterine growth retardation
  • Skeletal defects
  • Neural tube malformations
  • Fetal death
  • Cleft palate
  • Hand structure malformations
  • Undescended testes
  • Hypospadias (a condition in little boys that results in the urethra opening in the wrong place)
  • Pulmonary stenosis
  • Hypoplastic right heart

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In addition, Depakote can also be extremely dangerous to children if they are breast feeding. Below is a brief list of problems associated with using Depakote while nursing your babies … these side effects can also show up as a common side effect among adult patients for simply taking the drug.

  • Loss of appetite
  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Dark Urine

If you or your child is experiencing any of the above listed side effects, you should see your doctor immediately. Some of these side effects may be an indicator of liver damage / injury or liver failure.

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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