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What is Valproic acid?

Valproic acid is the main ingredient in many anticonvulsant medications and is used to treat certain types of seizures. It is also prescribed to treat the manic phase of bipolar disorder( a manic-depressive disorder that is characterized by episodes of depression, manic, and other abnormal moods) and to prevent migraines from occurring.

This medication works by increasing the amount of certain natural substances in your brain. There are many versions of valproic acid including Depakote, Depakene, Depacon, Divalproex sodium, and valproate.

These drugs have made the news recently because this ingredient has been linked to the development of multiple birth defects if a woman takes any of them while pregnant. The FDA notified all physicians that this medication should only be used if the health benefits outweigh the risks.

If you or a loved one’s child has developed a birth defect after you were prescribed Depakote,  contact the Depakote and generic products lawyers of Williams Hart by calling 800-761-3187 and discussing your options.

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