Depakote birth defects (part 2)

April 11, 2011 @ 02:10 PM -- by

Since I am a Texas Depakote birth defects lawyer, I follow the various studies dealing with this drug. Another recent study has also shown a much higher rate of problems in babies whose mothers took Depakote while pregnant. This study will be presented in Vancouver, Canada in the Summer of 2011 at a meeting of birth defect specialists. In this study, scientists followed 149 women with epilepsy who took the drug from early in their pregnancies to the time after delivery. This study will show that among mothers who took the drug, 11% had children which had birth defects. The most common birth defect was spina bifida. Spina bifida is a neural tube defect where the child’s spinal cord development is incomplete or deformed. Interestingly, the same type of spina bifida (and other neural tube defects) were only seen in 3% of children of mothers who were taking all other anti-seizure drugs studied combined. Moreover, this study has also shown that less than 2% of children born to mothers who do not have epilepsy had similar congenital birth defects. As such, this study shows something amazing-- a 500% higher risk for serious birth defects or other complications when a pregnant women took Depakote while pregnant.

Specifically, other data indicates that:

Children whose mothers took Depakote during the first trimester of their pregnancy were over 12 times more likely to have spina bifida than mothers who did not take the drug (This data is for valproic acid, which is the active and key ingredient in Depakote.);

Mothers who took Depakote while pregnant were five times more likely to have a child with a cleft palate or a penis abnormality;

Mothers who took Depakote while pregnant were 2.5 times more likely to have a heart defect;

Mothers who took Depakote while pregnant were over two times as likely to have an extra digit on their hand;

Mothers who took Depakote early in their pregnancy had 2 to 12 times the risk of having a child who had one of six specific birth defects in comparison to mothers who did not take any epilepsy drugs; and

Mothers who took Depakote are 7 times more likely to have a child who has premature fusion of the skull during fetal development (this limits the child’s brain growth).

Contact Texas Depakote birth defects attorney Scott Nelson if you need help with a Depakote lawsuit.   Mr.