More and more anticonvulsant drugs are being prescribed to patients suffering from conditions like epilepsy, bipolar disorder, seizures and even migraine headaches. However, as new information evaluates the potential link between antiepileptic drugs and birth defects among children, consumers are seeking financial compensation for their injuries and medical expenses through dangerous drug injury lawsuits. If you or a loved one has suffered from a major side effect, which you believe to be caused by an anticonvulsant drug, contact the birth defect attorneys at Bandas Law Firm today. An experienced drug injury lawyer will protect your legal rights and fight to collect the compensation you deserve.
Anticonvulsant Drugs | Birth Defects
Anticonvulsant drugs have been heavily marketed as an effective treatment for epileptic patients, although the medications are now being used for a number of other purposes as well. Some of the most common types of anticonvulsant drugs are:
- Topamax (topiramate)
- Depakote (valproate)
- Tegretol (carbamazepine)
- Dilantin (phenytoin)
As more and more prescriptions are filled for anticonvulsant drugs, and as physicians continue to prescribe anticonvulsants for off-label purposes, consumers may be put at an unnecessary risk of giving birth to children with life-altering birth defects.
Potential Anticonvulsant Birth Defect Lawsuits
Over the past decade, a number of notable medical journals have devoted time and energy towards examining the potential adverse effects of anticonvulsant drugs. In 2001, the New England Journal of Medicine published a study in which researchers concluded that anticonvulsant drugs are one of the most common causes of potential harm to a fetus in utero. Since then, a considerable amount of attention has been paid to the possible link between anticonvulsant drugs like Depakote and Topamax, and the development of life-altering birth defects among children. According to this research, women who take Topamax while pregnant may be at risk of giving birth to children with malformations like cleft lip, cleft palate, or a genital defect called hypospadias. Children who are exposed to Depakote in utero may be at risk of developing devastating birth defects like spina bifida, heart defects, skeletal defects, fetal death, and more.
Anticonvulsant Birth Defect Attorneys
In light of potential anticonvulsant drug birth defects, the FDA has advised that physicians consider alternative treatments for women of childbearing age, particularly for conditions not typically associated with permanent injury or death. If you were prescribed an anticonvulsant drug while pregnant and your child was born with a serious birth defect or side effect, contact Bandas Law Firm today for a free initial consultation. You are not at fault for any injuries caused by a dangerous drug, and with the help of a qualified birth defect attorney, you can hold the allegedly negligent drug company liable for the injuries.