The anti-seizure medication Depakote has recently been linked to an increased risk for severe, potentially life-threatening birth defects, according to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).
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 our lawyers can help.
What’s the problem?
Depakote is a prescription medication that was first introduced in 1983 and was used primarily to treat epilepsy until 1995, when it was approved to treat manic episodes associated with manic depression and bi-polar disorder. After showing promise for treating manic depression, Depakote began to be prescribed for migraine headaches and additional neuropathy related conditions.
Depakote Birth Defects
Soon after Depakote began being prescribed to treat manic disorders, side effects related to its use began to surface. Most notably, women who used Depakote during pregnancy began to show extremely high rates of serious birth defects, such as spina bifida, in their children.
The use of Depakote during pregnancy has been shown to cause harm to the fetus, often resulting in irreversible birth defects. Birth defects in children of mothers who have taken Depakote during pregnancy may include:
- Spina Bifida
- Atrial Septal Defects (ASD)
- Ventricular Septal Defects (VSD)
- Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN)
- Respiratory Distress Syndrome (RSD)
- Tricuspid Valve (Ebstein’s Anomaly)
- Mitral Valve Prolapse
- Transposition of the Great Arteries (TGA)
- Transposition of the Great Vessels (TGV)
- Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF)
- Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS)
- Hypoplastic Right Heart Syndrome (HRHS)
- Tricuspid Atresia
- Aortic Stenosis
- Pulmonary Atresia (PA)
- Patent Forman Ovale (PFO)
- Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA)
- Coarctation of the Aorta
- Truncus Arteriosus
- Tricuspid Valve Stenosis
- Vascular Ring
- Heart Murmur
- Enlarged Heart
- Pulmonary Stenosis
- Gastroschisis – abdominal wall defect
- Diaphragmatic Hernia
- Craniosynostosis (aka Clover Leaf Skull)
- Chiari Malformation
- Esophageal Stenosis
- Anal Atresia
- Imperforate Anus
- Cleft Palate
- Missing Limbs
- Cerebral Palsy
- Tethered Spinal Cord
- Cryptorchidism (undescended testicles)
- Vesicoureteral Reflux (VUR)
- Renal Agenesis
- Renal Dysplasia
- Renal Hypodyspasia
- Renal Hypoplasia
- Ectopic Kidney
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.
Do I have a Depakote Lawsuit?
The Pharmaceutical Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus exclusively on the representation of plaintiffs in Depakote lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting birth defect cases in all 50 states.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: Again, 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 our lawyers can help.