Divalproex sodium, more commonly known as Depakote, Depakote ER and Depakote CP is an anticonvulsant. It is used in the treatment of epilepsy, migraines and some psychiatric disorders like manic depression.
Recently it was discovered that using Depakote and other related products such as Depacon (valproate sodium) and Depakene (valproic acid), can cause liver and pancreas damage as well as serious birth defects in children exposed to the drugs during pregnancy.
FDA Warning: Depakote Linked To Major Birth Defects
On December 3, 2009, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration notified health care professionals and patients about “the increased risk of neural tube defects and other major birth defects, such as craniofacial defects and cardiovascular malformations, in babies exposed to valproate sodium and related products (valproic acid and divalproex sodium) during pregnancy.” They told healthcare professionals to inform women of childbearing potential about these risks, and to consider alternative therapies, especially if using valproate to treat migraines or other conditions not usually considered life-threatening.
Depakote Side Effects
â€¢ Birth defects
â€¢ Cleft palate
â€¢ Spina bifida
â€¢ Developmental issues
â€¢ Fetal death
â€¢ Liver damage
â€¢ Pancreas Damage
Abbott Laboratories, the manufacturer of Depakote, has the duty to provide safe products and their failure to do so is the basis of the Depakote lawsuits.
If you or a loved one has been harmed by taking Depakote, you may be entitled to receive monetary compensation. Contact the Hayes Firm today for your free lawyer consultation to determine whether you have a claim. Please feel free to contact us online or call 1-800-603-6833. All consultations are free of charge and will be answered as soon as possible. We are here to help find the best Depakote Lawyers for you.