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Depakote, which is generically known as Valporic Acid, is a drug used to treat migraines and schizophrenia. It is an anti-convulsant or mood-stabilizer. It is manufactured by Abbott Laboratories for the United States markets and is sold under alternate names like Depakene and Epival.
Valporic acid was discovered over 100 years ago, but it was in 1983 that it became approved by the FDA to treat schizophrenia. It has been also used to treat epilepsy, bipolar disorder, and seizure disorders.
Unfortunately, like many other drugs used to treat schizophrenia, Depakote has some very serious side effects. Possibly the most alarming is the possibility of causing birth defects when expectant mothers are prescribed to this drug. For some reason, some doctors believe that it is an acceptable risk to prescribe Depakote to women who are in the midst of pregnancy without warning these women about the possibly catastrophic birth defects that this drug might cause.
Depakote birth defects include (some of these are proven, while others are speculated):
- Skeletal Malformations
- Spina Bifida
- Neural Tube Malformation
- Valporate Syndrome
- Lowered IQ
- Epicanthic Folds
Most medical professionals suggest that women taking this drug ought to switch to another drug as soon as they find out that they are pregnant. It is estimated that Depakote will affect about 5% of pregnant women and cause mental birth defects.
However, Depakote also has a number of other adverse effects associated with it that affect the taker than the offspring.
Depakote side effects include, but are not limited to the following:
- Renal Impairment
- Polonged Coagulation
- Blood Dyscasia
- Impaired Liver Fuction
- Weight Gain
- Hair Loss
- Hematological Toxicities
- Parkinson symptoms
- Peripheral Edema
Additionally, there are many counterindications for this drug. If your doctor has prescribed Depakote to you and knew that you had hepatitis, HIV/AIDS, metastatic cancer, or bone marrow depression, your doctor may be liable for causing injury in a medical malpractice lawsuit.
If you or one of your loved ones was harmed in one of the many ways that Depakote can cause serious injury, contact our attorneys today to schedule a free and confidential consultation.