|Depakote Birth Defect Class Action Lawsuit Investigation|
- Friday, 15 February 2013 06:00
Depakote Birth Defect Class Action Lawsuit Investigation
Depakote was approved by the FDA in 1983 to treat certain seizure conditions in adults and children age 10 and older. Since then, the drug has been approved to prevent migraine headaches and for the long-term treatment of severe manic episodes of bipolar disorder.
Depakote is the brand name for the generic drugs divalproex sodium, valproate and valproic acid. It comes in a variety of forms, including:
- Depacon injections (valproate sodium)
- Depakote (DR/EC)
- Depakote sprinkle capsules
- Depakote ER (divalproex sodium)
- Depakene capsules or syrup
- Stavzor (valproic acid)
Depakote and Seizures/Epilepsy
Depakote affects chemicals in the body that may trigger seizures. The drug works by increasing the amount of the neurotransmitter gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain, which carries messages between brain cells and soothes overstimulated nerves. Increasing GABA helps prevent brain signals that lead to seizures.
Depakote was approved for the treatment of bipolar disorder in 1995. Since then, Depakote has become the most-prescribed mood stabilizer for treating manic episodes, also known as manic depression. Several studies have confirmed the drug improves bipolar symptoms over Lithium, which used to be the only FDA-approved drug for mania. Doctors may choose a treatment plan that combines Depakote with antidepressants such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).
The FDA approved Depakote for the treatment of migraine headaches in 1996. The drug is used before the onset of symptoms to prevent migraines, and is most effective for patients who typically have more than two migraine headaches per month.
Some women who took Depakote while pregnant are reporting that their child were born with birth defects. Birth defects that may have been caused by being exposed to Depakote in the womb include:
- Cardiovascular defects
- Brain defects
- Spina bifida and other spinal defects
- Face or skull defects (cleft palate for example)
Patients of all ages have been prescribed Depakote to treat a variety of conditions. The Consumer Advocates at Greg Jones Law are interested in hearing from you if you or a loved one took Depakote and had a child with a birth defect like spina bifida, cardiovascular defects, brain defects or facial/skull defects. Submit your information now for a free legal review.
Updated February 19th, 2013
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