Depakote, a drug used to treat seizures, bipolar disorder and migraine headaches, could cause lasting negative effects when used while pregnant, recent studies suggest.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued warnings about the use of Depakote while pregnant, which has reported risks of decreased IQ and a risk of autism for the child exposed to the drug while in the womb. Repetitive behaviors, communication problems and social behavior issues may also be effects that last well into childhood.
While these findings are reportedly dose dependent, a woman may have no choice but to run the risk of Depakote birth defects if she does not tolerate other anti-convulsant medications. Read the full details here:
Many drugs used during pregnancy can cause autism, decrease in IQ as well as birth defects, brain damage and developmental delays, including Depakote. Medical malpractice and products liability evaluations are warranted after a child is born with defects after mom has been prescribed this and many other drugs.
If you believe your child suffered a birth injury due to medical negligence, including the prescribing of Depakote, please call to investigate your matter fully. Crandall & Pera Law is available to help answer your questions and guide you in determining your next steps.