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  • Depakote side effects | Depakote birth defects | Depakote Lawsuit
    Depakote (also known as valproate semisodium or divalproex sodium) is a popular drug used to treat epilepsy and manic episodes of bipolar disorder. Unfortunately, there are many Depakote side effects associated with the anti-convulsant such as spina bifida that have resulted in Depakote lawsuits , including a class action lawsuit in the UK. The Food...
  • Consequences of Rampant Off-Label Prescribing of Depakote
    Feb-7-07 Washington, DC: The antiepileptic drug, Depakote , is one of the most heavily prescribed medications for off-label use. The Epilepsy Foundation reports that there are an estimated 1 million women in the US with epilepsy, but the number of women being treated with antiepileptics is two to three times higher than the number of women with the disorder. Ex...
  • Depakote, Birth Defects and What Abbott Knew—but Didn't Tell
    Aug-7-11 Birmingham, AL If you are taking Depakote and considering getting pregnant, if you are of child-bearing age and taking Depakote, or even more concerning—that you are pregnant and taking this drug, it is very important that you read the following from attorney Andy Hollis of Hollis, Wright, and Couch, PC regarding Depakote and the Depakote manufac...
  • Attorney: No Fixed Window for Depakote Adverse Reactions
    Sep-25-10 Baton Rouge, LA When patients were given their Depakote prescriptions they probably thought they were getting all the pertinent information about the anticonvulsant medication. But that may not be the case, says J. Benton Stewart II, an attorney at Stewart Law P.L.L.C. Compounding the problem is the fact that there is no fixed time frame for Depakote s...
  • Off-Label Depakote Sales Stronger Than Ever
    Feb-11-07 Washington, DC: The epilepsy drug, Depakote , earned Abbott Laboratories $384 million in the 4th quarter of 2006, and overall sales rose 18.5% to $1.2 billion last year. The rising sales are a result of Depakote (valproate) being increasingly prescribed for conditions other than epilepsy like mood disorders, manic depression and migraines. Doctors are...
  • Were Patients Wrongly Prescribed Depakote?
    Mar-9-11 Boston, MA When it comes to taking medication such as Depakote that can have serious side effects, patients trust they have been given the medication for a good reason. After all, people who take Depakote might be risking Depakote side effects. When they take medication, patients believe the drug has been properly marketed and prescribed. A lawsuit aga...
  • Depakote Birth Defects Lawsuit Filed in Illinois
    Feb-27-13 Chicago, IL Recent revelations, according to a new study, that Depakote use by pregnant women could foster lower IQ scores in their offspring is only the latest in a series of suspected Depakote side effects that are culminating in lawsuits. According to PRWeb (2/18/13), one of the most recent lawsuits was filed January 25, 2013, at Illinois South...
  • Depakote Adversely Prescribed
    Feb-15-07 Pewaukee, WI In October 2006, the FDA approved safety labeling changes for Depakote . It warns that Depakote can cause harm to an unborn baby, particularly in the first trimester, and not to use Depakote without your doctor's consent if you are pregnant. For one new mother, the warning may have come too late. Tara Devereaux was taking Depakote and th...
  • Depakote linked to Serious Birth Defects and Death
    Mar-8-07 Abbot Park, IL: A study released last year has shown that the effects of Depakote can be devastating for newborns exposed to the drug before birth. The study, released in the August 8, 2006 issue of Neurology, found that major congenital malformations and fetal death were more common for women who took Depakote while pregnant compared with women who took...
  • Birth Injury & Birth Defect Lawsuit News and Legal Information
    Birth injuries and birth defects are injuries that an infant is born with, either due to harm caused while in the womb or injuries sustained during birth. Numerous drugs have been associated with different types of birth defects , with varying degrees of severity. In some cases, the birth defects cause permanent injury or disability, in others the defec...
  • Abbott Laboratories Faces Investigation over Marketing of Depakote
    Apr-11-12 San Diego, CA Determining whether a drug's side effects include a risk of birth defects can be difficult, but researchers have reportedly linked Depakote side effects with an increased risk of Depakote birth defects. For women taking Depakote, the question of whether the drug outweighs its benefits may be an especially important one to ask. In 2010,...
  • Depakote and Pregnancy Don’t Mix
    Dec-8-13 Seattle, WA A conscientious doctor might consider asking his or her female patient of child-bearing age if there is even the remotest chance that she could become pregnant before prescribing Depakote. Susan discovered she was pregnant at 10 weeks and is now concerned that her baby could be born with Depakote birth defects. Susan (not her real name...
  • Depakote Birth Defects—Autism Lawsuits Next?
    Sep-9-11 Birmingham, AL Over the years many parents have wondered whether Depakote birth defects include autism and ADHD—and whether they can file a Depakote lawsuit. Physiological birth defects such as cleft palate and spina bifida have been directly linked to Depakote. Since the FDA’s warning (June 30) , birth defects from the anti-seizure drug...
  • Depakote Cleft Palate and Spina Bifida Lawsuits
    Jul-8-11 Tampa, FL It's heartbreaking for any parent whose child is born with a birth defect, but perhaps even more so when it is caused by a prescribed drug, such as Depakote . Attorneys are now advising families of children with depakote cleft palate and other depakote birth defects such as spina bifida that they may qualify for a depakote lawsuit. Over the...
  • Pregnant Women Urged Not to Take Depakote
    Jan-7-11 Orlando, FL As a medicine used to treat serious problems such as epilepsy, Depakote can be invaluable for some patients. But despite the relief Depakote gives patients, Depakote side effects, including a reported increased risk of Depakote birth defects, can be serious. Depakote (known generically as valproic acid) is classified by the US Food and D...
  • "Both My Boys have Spinal Problems and Autism Caused by Depakote"
    Jun-13-10 Lexington, SC "I can't believe this drug is still prescribed to women of child-bearing age," says Sonja, who started taking Depakote in 1986 for epilepsy. "I was first on Dilantin, then my doctor switched me to Depakote and said it was ok to get pregnant. How wrong he was." Sonja's first son, Casey, was diagnosed with Chiari 1 Malformation, a condit...
  • Depakote: A Brief History
    Feb-26-07 Portland, OR: Since 1983, Depakote has been marketed in the United States as a medication for the treatment of epilepsy. More than two million Americans have some form of epilepsy, and 125,000 new cases of epilepsy are reported each year. For the drug maker, Abbott Laboratories, sales were brisk, but there were other markets to tap into - also known as "...
  • Mother’s Warning: Do Not Take Depakote
    Oct-21-14 New Orleans, LA Diane doesn’t intend to pursue a Depakote lawsuit. Instead, she filed a claim with LawyersandSettlements so that she could make public her message: Do not take Depakote if you are pregnant or even if you could become pregnant. Diane (not her real name) has two healthy, bright children. They were born before she was prescribed D...
  • The Depakote Dilemma: Seizure or Side Effects
    Nov-20-13 Bend, OR Sandra has been taking Depakote as a treatment for epilepsy for several years and for the first two months of her pregnancy. “As soon as I found out that I was pregnant I stopped taking it, but I worried that Depakote’s damage had already been done,” she says. Sandra’s doctor advised her to withdraw from Depakote gra...
  • More Depakote Birth Defects Lawsuits Filed
    Feb-22-11 Madison, WI Another lawsuit has been filed against the maker of Depakote , alleging Depakote birth defects in babies who were exposed to the anticonvulsant prior to birth. The number of Depakote lawsuits continues to grow, alleging serious Depakote side effects to newborn babies. The most recent lawsuit was filed by a group of 26 women, according to...
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