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FDA: Doctors should warn patients before prescribing Depakote

The Food and Drug Administration has issued a statement that they are urging doctors and physicians to make sure all of the benefits and risks of Depakote have been measured before they prescribe the drug to women of childbearing age.

Deapakote is an anticonvulsion medication that is commonly prescribed to those suffering from epilepsy, seizures, migraine headaches, and the manic phase of bipolar disorder.

Depakote has been the one of the most commonly prescribed anticonvulsion medications since it was put on the market in 1983. However, it has been found that taking this medication while pregnant can be dangerous to a woman’s unborn child because it has been linked to heart defects, neural tube defects, and craniofacial birth defects.

This drug is now in the Pregnancy Category D, which means that there is evidence that the drug can cause harm to a fetus. This is why the FDA has stated that the medication should only be prescribed to patients for whom treatment outweighs the risk.

If you were prescribed Depakote while pregnant and your child was born with a birth defect, you need experienced representation on your side. Contact the Depakote side effects lawyers of Williams Kherkher today by calling 800-761-3187.

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