Depakote and Birth Defects

Children born to women taking the commonly prescribed seizure medication Depakote (divalproex sodium) are more likely to have birth defects and other problems.

Studies have demonstrated a strong link between Depakote and serious birth defects including Spina bifida, cleft palate, limb deformity, congenital cardiac defects, facial dysmorphism. Valproic acid, a well known anticonvulsant, is being used by psychiatrists increasingly to manage bipolar and other affective disorders.

Because of the demographics of the population affected by such psychiatric conditions, more women of childbearing age are likely to be exposed to this teratogenic (birth defect-causing) drug. Neural tube defects (NTD) are the most common of the major anomalies associated with in utero valproic acid exposure, and are estimated to occur in 1% to 2% of exposed fetuses. Other teratogenic effects (birth defects) include: facial dysmorphism / congenital cardiac defects / limb reduction defects and other skeletal anomalies / spina bifida / cleft palate.

Psychiatrists should be aware of the teratogenic potential of Depakote / valproic acid and know how to counsel their patients of reproductive age.

If you were prescribed Depakote during pregnancy and your child suffered from any of the above birth defects, you are urged to contact the law offices of Audet & Partners at 800.965.1461 to speak to an attorney. The call is free, and there is no obligation. You may also email us by using the simple form that appears on the right-hand side of this page.

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