Alice says her son was born with lissencephaly—a rare brain disease that typically results in mental retardation, seizures and other severe disorders. Both Jessica's son and Erica's daughter, Madison, were born with a heart defect. All three women took Depakote during their first trimester. "I didn't even know I was pregnant and I was still taking Depakote," says Jennifer.
"My eight-month-old son has an under-developed right ear, he has no ear canal, he is deaf in the right ear, and he has craniofacial microsomia, where one side of his face is larger than the other," says Davida. "We want the drug company to be responsible for what he has gone through and what we will have to go through to correct this. "These malformations will affect his speech, learning and development. And he will require numerous corrective surgeries."
Craniofacial Deformities have been linked to Depakote, and attorneys are now looking at claims regarding craniofacial defects such as cleft palate, as well as spina bifida claims.
"I was prescribed this drug for epilepsy and I was concerned about whether to continue taking it when I became pregnant," says Connie (not her real name). I phoned my doctor to tell him that I was pregnant but he told me to continue taking it. A few weeks later I miscarried."
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(Currently, Abbot is discussing a settlement with federal prosecutors over claims that it illegally marketed Depakote. The drug company has been accused of promoting it "off-label" for patients with dementia and Alzheimer's disease.)