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Bipolar disorder and pregnancy

Planning a pregnancy is an important time in anyone’s life, but for women who suffer from bipolar disorder, there are more steps that need to be done in order to make sure the pregnancy is as risk free as possible.

First thing to note when planning a pregnancy is that some medications used to treat bipolar disorder will lower the effectiveness of birth control pills. So if you are not planning on becoming pregnant, it is important to know which ones fall into this category.

Before conceiving a child, experts suggest that a woman should have a stable mood for several months. After becoming pregnant, it is a good idea to lower the number of medications taken and take them at the smallest dosage that you can. Avoiding certain medications that have a link to birth defects if taken during pregnancy is also important. For example, Depakote, Lithium and Tegretol fall into this category.

If you or a loved one was prescribed Depakote while pregnant and it caused your child to develop birth defects, you need experienced representation on your side. Contact the Depakote lawsuit lawyers of Williams Kherher by calling 800-761-3187.

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