Birth Defect

05/07/2013

Australian Study Further Supports Link of Depakote to Birth Defects

Depakote (divalproex sodium), a valproate product1 and Topamax (topiramate)2 are prescription drugs primarily prescribed for treating seizures, although both drugs are also used to treat migraine headaches, and Depakote is also used to treat bipolar disorder. Various worldwide studies have been conducted regarding the risk of birth defects associated with the use of these medications by women during pregnancy.  The North American AED Pregnancy Registry was established in 1996 to study these risks, specifically focusing on Depakote and other valproate products.  The study... Read More