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Pregnant moms’ use of anti-seizure drug increases babies’ autism risk

According to a recent Danish study, pregnant mothers ingesting the anti-seizure drug Valproate during their pregnancy increase the risk of their baby being born with autism to five times that of mothers who don’t use this medication.

The research study, which was just published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, showed that Valproate can increase autism spectrum disorder, which includes Asperger syndrome and other developmental disorders, by three times. Neurologist Kimford Meador advised child-bearing mothers in an editorial to avoid ingesting Valproate. In previous studies the anti-seizure drug is linked to several birth defects like heart problems, spina bifida, cleft palates, and cognitive problems.

Meador also asserted that more studies are needed to fully understand the effects of the anti-seizure drug on unborn babies and how to treat them.

Tragically, many babies have been subjected to serious birth defects as a result of their mother using the drug Depakote during pregnancy. If this has happened to you, our legal team at Williams Hart may be able to help you obtain compensation. Call 800-761-3187 to discuss your particular situation.

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