Although most prescription medications contain side effect warnings right on their labels, this adverse event information may not tell the whole story. In fact, some believe that many pharmaceutical companies intentionally conceal the most serious side effects associated with their drugs, in an effort to make their product more appealing to consumers. This deceptive practice only increases a consumer’s risk of suffering from major side effects, especially women who take these medications while pregnant. If you took Topamax during pregnancy and your child was born with a severe birth defect, Bandas Law Firm can help. Contact our experienced drug injury attorneys today for a free initial consultation, and discuss the benefits of filing a Topamax lawsuit against drug maker, Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical (Johnson & Johnson).
The anticonvulsant Topamax (topiramate) was initially approved by the FDA in 1996 as a treatment option for patients suffering from epilepsy, and the drug was particularly indicated for generalized tonic-clonic and partial onset seizures associated with the condition. In 2004, the FDA approved Topamax for an additional use, the treatment and prevention of migraine headaches, a severely debilitating condition that affects more than 30 million men and women in the United States alone. Since Topamax was introduced, it has become one of the most popular antiepileptic drugs on the market, and is one of the most common prescriptions filled for migraine headaches specifically.
Topamax Side Effects and Birth Defects
As more and more Americans are prescribed anticonvulsant medications like Topamax to treat a variety of conditions, significant attention has been directed to the recent influx of Topamax side effect studies and birth defect warnings issued by the Food and Drug Administration. Mounting evidence has suggested that women who take Topamax during pregnancy may have a significantly increased risk of giving birth to children with one or more serious birth defects. Among the birth defects potentially linked to Topamax use in pregnancy are:
- Cleft palate
- Cleft lip
In light of this pregnancy risk, the FDA recently elevated the pregnancy category of Topamax from C to D, which is the second highest warning the FDA has for regulating dangerous drugs.
Topamax Attorneys For the Victims of Birth Defects
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed by a dangerous drug, do not hesitate to contact the injury attorneys at Bandas Law Firm as soon as possible. With an experienced personal injury lawyer on your side, you can easily navigate the legal process and improve your chances of an agreeable outcome. Contact our qualified drug injury lawyers today to protect your legal rights and pursue financial compensation for your injuries, medical bills and pain and suffering.