Depakote Birth Defects Lawsuit

Depakote Lawsuit | Depakote Birth Defects : Spina Bifida, Neural Tube Defects, Diminshed IQ, Congenital Defects | Valproic Acid (Depakote) Syndrome

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depakote-lawsuit-side-effects-birth-defectsThe dedicated law firm of Alonso Krangle LLP is investigating potential Depakote birth defect lawsuits on behalf of children born with spina bifida birth defects ( Spina Bifida/Neural Tube Defects Birth Defects ) and other neural tube birth defects that may be associated with their mother’s use of Depakote during pregnancy. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has warned that women who take Depakote while pregnant have an increased risk of giving birth to a child with birth defects, including neural tube defects like spina bifida. The defective drug lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP understand the heavy burden children with spina bifida and their families must carry. Our firm is committed to ensuring that victims of Depakote birth defects and spina bifida get the justice they deserve. [ See our Depakote lawsuit page. ]

Alonso Krangle currently offers FREE Depakote birth defects lawsuit consultations to any family whose child developed Depakote spina bifida side effects or another Depakote birth defect that may be because caused by the use of Depakote. Our Depakote birth defect lawyers know that no amount of money can truly make up for your child’s suffering. But filing a Depakote lawsuit ; Depakote spina bifida lawsuit or Depakote birth defect lawsuit, against Abbott Laboratories and other responsible parties can ensure access to the financial resources needed to cover your child’s medical bills, rehabilitation, and other needs. To learn more about obtaining justice for your baby through filing a Depakote lawsuit, please contact the Depakote lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP today.

Depakote and Spina Bifida, Neural Tube Defects, Diminshed IQ, Other Congenital Birth Defect Side Effects

Depakote, known generically as valproic acid, is used alone or with other medications to treat certain types of epileptic seizures. Depakote is also used to treat mania in people with bipolar disorder, and to prevent migraine headaches.

In 2009, the FDA warned that pregnant women taking Depakote and similar drugs were at an increased risk of having a baby with certain birth defects. According to the agency, neural tube defects, such as spina bifida, are the birth defects most often seen with Depakote use in early pregnancy. Research reviewed by the FDA indicated the risk of a child getting spina bifida from a mother who took Depakote or a similar drug while pregnant is 1-2%, or one out of every one hundred children. In the population at large the odds of a child being born with spina bifida are about 1 in 1000.

The FDA has advised that women of childbearing potential should only use drugs like Depakote if it is essential to manage their medical condition. Women taking Depakote who are not actively planning a pregnancy should use effective birth control, as birth defect risks are particularly high during the first trimester, before many women know they are pregnant. Because of the risk of spina bifida and other birth defects, the American Academy of Neurology recommends that Depakote not be used during pregnancy.

Depakote Spina Bifida Birth Defects

Spina bifida occurs when a developing baby’s spinal canal does not close normally. It is the most common birth defect that causes life-long disability.  The most severe form of spina bifida is called myelomeningocele, and often causes a protruding sac near the spine. Other, less severe types of this birth defect are spina bifida occulta, the most common type, and meningocele, the rarest type.

Babies born with spina bifida can face a life-time of disability, and may suffer:

  • Paralysis
  • Bowel incontinence
  • Bladder incontinence
  • Altered skin sensation
  • Difficulty walking
  • Obesity
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Mental and social problems
  • Depression
  • Learning disabilities

Learn more about Filing an Depakote Spina Bifida Lawsuit, Depakote Neural Tube Defects Lawsuit, Depakote Diminshed IQ Lawsuit, or other Depakote Congenital Defects Lawsuit That Might Be Due To Depakote Birth Defects

If your child was born with spina bifida, neural tube defect, diminished IQ or other congenital birth defect and Depakote could be to blame, you may be eligible to file a Depakote lawsuit against Abbott Laboratories and other responsible parties. To learn more about the legal options available to you and how you can file a Depakote lawsuit, please contact the Depakote lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP by filling out our online form or calling 1-800-403-6191

Other Depakote News

ABC News – Antiseizure Drug Increases Birth Defect Risk

[ http://abcnews.go.com/Health/MindMoodNews/depakote-antiseizure-drug-increase-birth-defect-risk/story?id=10871067 ]

Psych Central – Depakote Has High Birth Defects Rate Among Antiepileptics

[ http://psychcentral.com/news/2010/06/11/depakote-linked-to-severe-birth-defects-in-first-trimester/14486.html ]

Web MD – Seizure Medication Linked to Birth Defects : Problems More Common in Children of Women Taking Depakote

[ http://www.webmd.com/epilepsy/news/20040430/seizure-medication-linked-to-birth-defects ]