Depakote and the risk of autism

Depakote is an anti-convulsant drug prescribed to treat epilepsy, bipolar disorders, and migraines. Overtime, however, Abbott Laboratories Inc. has experienced fierce criticism over allegations that the drug may cause a host of brain defects in babies born to mothers who took the drug while pregnant.

In a Danish study of 665,000 children who were monitored for 10 years, researchers found that mothers who took Depakote had a 4.42% chance of having a child with autism. This is significantly higher compared to the 1.02% chance in mothers who did not take the drug. Scientists believe that because Depakote impacts the early development of the nervous system, infants exposed to this drug in utero are at risk of brain injury while in the womb, which increases their risk of autism.

More and more lawsuits are being filed against the maker of Depakote for allegedly causing brain and spinal defects. If you believe taking Depakote has endangered your child’s health, consult with an attorney at Williams Kherkher to learn more about the possibility of filing a case. Call us at (800) 220-9341 for a free case assessment today.

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