Studies Show That Depakote Increases The Risk Of Birth Defects And Drug Injury Lawsuits Are Being Filed Against The Manufacturer
In 1983 The Federal Drug Administration approved the use of Depakote as an anti-seizure measure. As such, when it first hit the shelves, Depakote was primarily prescribed to people dealing with epilepsy and autism. Though doctors quickly realized the drug worked as a fantastic mood-stabilizing medication. Before long, Depakote was being prescribed to bipolar and depression patients. Sometimes, it’s also used as a way to treat unbearable migraine pain.
Unfortunately, after several years on the market, scientists discovered that depakote has teratogenic qualities, meaning it had the ability to cause severe birth defects. Around the same time, the FDA received many patient reports which seemed to confirm the scientific results.
According to the studies, women prescribed Depakote during their child bearing years have a greater chance of giving birth to a child with heart malformations, spina bifida, a cleft palate, undescended testes, and hand deformations. Fetal death and growth retardation and have also been reported. Even more alarming is that issues have been caused by the use of Depakote in the first trimester – a timewhen many don’t know they’re pregnant.
In addition, more recent reports show there is a possibility Depakote use is also linked to liver damage. Some of the warning sides include loss of appetite, intense vomiting, bloody or discolored, urine and jaundice.
Several patients have even reported experiencing vivid hallucinations.
Depakote patients, if you suspect that you or your child has been affected by the drug, there are legal recourses. While nothing can compensate for the needless hurdles birth defects create, securing your financial stability will at least help to eliminate a stress. A certified drug injury attorney will guide you through the claims process and fight on your behalf for the highest compensation possible. Don’t wait until it’s too late – there is a statute of limitations. Our Depakote law team has all the information you need to pursue a successful Depakote-related claim.