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Categories of drugs that may cause birth defects

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has laid out pregnancy categories that denote how safe the drug is during pregnancy. The categories run from A to X with A being the most safe and X being the least. Category A shows no pregnancy risk, very few drugs are in this category and an example of […]

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Depakote and pregnancy

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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Depakote side effect: Congenital hip dislocation

Congenital hip dislocation is a birth defect that usually affects the left hip in girls, first born babies or babies that are in the breech position. The issue occurs when the child’s hip is not fit securely into the socket of the hip joint. It may be loose in the socket or completely out of […]

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What is Bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder is a mental illness that is described as irritable moods or mania and is characterized by alternating periods of depression and mania. These switches can be very abrupt and the disorder is said to affect men and woman equally. Symptoms usually begin to be seen between the ages of 15 and 25 and […]

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Depakote makers discuss off-label marketing with prosecutors

The makers of Depakote, Abbott Laboratories, is currently discussing with prosecutors if settlements will be made for the illegal marketing of the epilepsy drug. The government has claimed that the company tried to market Depakote for an off-label use in order to treat Alzheimer’s disease as a chemical restraint for elderly people if they became […]

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

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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