Depakote Has Been Linked To A Wide Variety Of Birth Defects. You May Be Entitled To Financial Compensation.
The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) first approved Depakote in 1983 as an anti-seizure medication. At first, it was primarily given to people suffering from epilepsy. Medical professionals, however, quickly realized that Depakote was also an effective mood-stabilizing medication. And within short order, doctors were prescribing the drug to patients suffering from bipolar disorder and severe depression. In addition, the drug is sometimes used for treating severe migraine pain, certain aspects of autism.
Everything was running along smoothly for many years, until damning scientific studies were published that indicated Depakote has teratogenic properties – which means the drug causes serious birth defects. Patient reports submitted to the FDA seemed to back up the studies unfortunate hypothesis.
According to studies, women who take Depakote during their child bearing years have an increased risk of giving birth to a child with spina bifida, a cleft palate, undescended testes, heart malformations and hand deformations. Growth retardation and fetal death have also been known to occur in Depakote patients. What’s even more alarming is that defects have been caused by the use of Depakote in the first trimester when many don’t know they’re pregnant.
In addition, new reports show there’s a possibility that Depakote use is also linked to liver damage. Some of the warning sides include intense vomiting, loss of appetite, dark or bloody urine and jaundice. Some patients even report experiencing vivid hallucinations.
Former Depakote patients, if you suspect that you or your child has been affected by the drug, there are legal recourses available. While nothing can compensate for the needless hurdles that birth defects create, ensuring your financial stability will eliminate a stress. A certified drug injury attorney will guide you through the process and fight on your behalf for the maximum compensation possible. Don’t wait until it’s too late – there is a statute of limitations. Our Depakote law team is standing by with all the information you need to pursue a successful Depakote-related claim.