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Former Nursing Home Director Sentence for Giving Residents Depakote

Posted on January 14th, 2013 No Comments

On Wednesday, Gwen D. Hughes, former director of a California nursing home, was sentenced to three years in prison for medicating residents with Depakote, an anti-seizure and mood stabilizer drug, in an effort to unnecessarily subdue them. All of the 23 residents who were given Depakote by Hughes suffered health complications, with the death of [...]

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Abbott Laboratories named in St. Clair County lawsuit

Posted on November 6th, 2012 No Comments

The makers of the antiseizure medication, Depakote, have now been named in a lawsuit filed in St. Clair County Circuit Court after nearly a dozen patients allege that there children were born with birth defects after they were prescribed Depakote during pregnancy. The complaint states that the plaintiff’s minor children were born with spina bifida [...]

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Surgery may be more beneficial then medication when treating epilepsy

Posted on March 19th, 2012 No Comments

A surgical procedure may now be the best way to combat seizures from occurring in epilepsy patients. Recently, there have been more and more evidence that shows that performing surgical procedures on patients that have drug-resistant temporal lobe epilepsy will help relieve them of seizures. In a study done on the surgical procedures, the patients [...]

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Anti-seizure drug launched by Mylan Pharmaceuticals

Posted on January 23rd, 2012 No Comments

A new antiseizure medication has been released by Mylan Pharmaceuticals. The new generic medication will be prescribed to people with epilepsy in order to prevent seizures from occurring. The pharmaceutical company has begun to market the medication, which comes in the form of an injection, now that it has been approved by the FDA. The [...]

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Abbott Laboratories plans to split company, settle Depakote suits

Posted on October 20th, 2011 No Comments

Abbott Laboratories, the manufacturer of Depakote, has announced that they will be splitting up into two different companies. One of them will be selling prescription drugs and the other will focus on other things such as medical devices and baby formula. Experts have said that the logic behind the split it because the non-drug business [...]

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Bipolar disorder charaterized by extreme mood swings

Posted on September 12th, 2011 No Comments

Bipolar disorder is a mental disorder that is characterized by extreme moods swings. Most of these moods are depression, but times of mania and high mania can also occur. The disorder can be triggered in periods of great stress, in women this could be childbirth or menopause. The illness occurs in episodes, but these episodes [...]

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Antipsychotics more effective than anticonvulsants when treating mania

Posted on August 29th, 2011 No Comments

A recent study shows that mania is better treated with antipsychotics rather than anticonsulsants, lithium and other mood stabilizers. Researchers looked into clinical trials that were published from 1980 and 2010 and compared the most commonly used medications that are used to treat mania, a component of bipolar disorder that affects about 1percent of people. [...]

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Depakote and pregnancy

Posted on June 21st, 2011 No Comments

Depakote is an anti-convulsion medication that is prescribed to control seizures for people who have epilepsy, for the manic phase of bipolar disorder and migraines. Recently, the drug was moved up to a Class D Risk for human fetus if taken during pregnancy. This means that if the medication is taken during pregnancy, there is [...]

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Chances of birth defects from epilepsy drugs may be dose-dependent

Posted on June 6th, 2011 No Comments

A new study has shown that four of the most commonly prescribed epilepsy medications will increase the chance of birth defects if women take them during pregnancy. The study also finds that the higher dosage, the greater the risk. The drugs studied include Tegretol, Epitol, Lamictal, Depakote, and phenobarbital. Although a majority of the woman [...]

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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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