Since the early 1980s, the prescription medication Depakote® (divalproex sodium) has been used to treat several neurological conditions. It is an anticonvulsant and mood stabilizing medication commonly prescribed for seizure disorders, manic or mixed episodes of bipolar disorder, and migraine headaches. Unfortunately, Depakote has been linked to a large number of severe, potentially life-threatening birth defects in babies exposed to the drug in the womb, as well as serious side effects in users.
DEPAKOTE DANGERS + PREGNANCY
Aside from its intended purpose to treat manic episodes and seizures, Depakote may cause a variety of unintended health problems beyond the typically mild side-effects. Most notably, mothers who took Depakote during pregnancy have given birth to babies with severe birth defects. The FDA has released warnings regarding the link between Depakote and birth injuries, which include:
- SPINA BIFIDA & OTHER SPINAL DEFECTS
- BRAIN DEFECTS
- MALFORMATION OF FACE OR SKULL
- MALFORMATION OF CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM
Depakote use during pregnancy has also been linked to fetal valproate syndrome, a condition that can cause children to develop facial deformities that may evolve over time. Although the drug has helped millions of people, serious, life-threatening Depakote side effects have recently been exposed. In addition to birth defects, Depakote side effects can include damage to the liver and pancreas. In addition to being linked to birth defects, Depakote may cause the following serious side effects in patients who take the drug:
- LIVER TOXICITY
- PANIC ATTACKS
DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT INJURIES RELATED TO DEPAKOTE?
If you or a loved one have been affected by birth defects due to the use of Depakote, we encourage you to consult with our team as soon as possible. With our extensive knowledge and expertise, you can rest assured that should you choose to work with us, you will have legal representation that you can trust. All initial consultations are free, and we don’t charge any up-front fees for representation. We handle all fees on a contingency basis, meaning that unless we’re successful, you don’t have to pay us. Please contact us at (405)510.0077 for a free consultation or request a case review here.