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What is Craniostenosis?

Posted on March 29th, 2011 No Comments

Recently, women have come forward and said that the use of the prescription drug, Depakote, while pregnant has caused their children to develop birth defects. Many birth defects are associated with the use of the drug including one called, craniostenosis. Craniostenosis is when normal head growth can not happen because of a synostosis of the [...]

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Surgery not the only step to fix cleft lip,palate

Posted on March 25th, 2011 No Comments

People who are born with a cleft lip or palate must undergo surgery as the first step in treating the defect, but for most, this is not the only thing that needs to be done. Many say that even after the surgery a person should still see and receive treatment from a specialist nurse. Also, [...]

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Hand and foot malformations associated with Depakote

Posted on March 21st, 2011 No Comments

Depakote, a medication that is prescribed to people who suffer from migraines, epilepsy and bipolar disorder, includes a chemical compound called Valproic Acid. Many studies have shown that this compound may cause birth defects if women take it during pregnancy. One birth defect that is associated with the use of Depakote during pregnancy,  are hand [...]

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Depakote and arotic stenosis

Posted on March 18th, 2011 No Comments

Depakote is most commonly prescribed to treat bipolar disorder or epilepsy.  Sadly, taking this medication, especially while pregnant, can cause serious and traumatic side effects. One side effect related to taking Depakote while pregnant is aortic stenosis.  Aortic stenosis is a birth injury that affects an infant’s heart and blood vessels.  It occurs when the [...]

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Ventricular septal defect named a defect associated with Depakote

Posted on March 14th, 2011 No Comments

Ventricular septal defect is a disorder that occurs when there is one or more holes in the wall that separates the left and right ventricle of the heart. This is the most common heart birth defects. This birth defect occurs when the fetus is forming. As the fetus grows, the wall between the two ventricles [...]

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Hydranencephaly birth defect

Posted on March 11th, 2011 No Comments

Abbott Laboratories manufactured Depakote in 1983 in order to help people that suffer from migraine headaches, bipolar disorder and epilepsy and many have seen great results from taking it. Although, there have been negative health side effects reported for those who have taken the product while pregnant. Recent lawsuits claim that the children of women [...]

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What is Spina Bifida?

Posted on March 7th, 2011 No Comments

Spina Bifida is a birth defect that occurs when the bones of the spine are not around the baby’s spinal cord correctly. This disorder can affect the skin on the back and can even affect the way a person walks and moves around. There are mild versions of Spina Bifida and then there are two [...]

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Generic Depakote products may face similar side effects

Posted on March 4th, 2011 No Comments

Depakote, an anti-seizure medication that is prescribed to people with epilepsy, bipolar disorder and depression, has been involved in legal issues after children suffered birth defects after women used it while pregnant. There are multiple variants and generic versions that are chemically similar to Depakote that may cause a similar risk. Some generic forms of [...]

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