Depakote, the proprietary name given to the drug divalproex sodium in the United States, is a prescription drug that was developed to treat seizures and episodes of mania for those with bipolar disorder. While Depakote served as an effective treatment for some ailments and disorders, it has also been linked to serious side-effects that can cause lasting health problems.
If you or someone you love has taken Depakote and experienced negative effects, you may have a legal case against the drug manufacturer to recover financial compensation. Contact the Depakote lawsuit lawyers of Williams Kherkher today at (800) 220-9341 to learn how we can help you.
Dangers of Depakote
Aside from its intended purpose to treat manic episodes and seizures, Depakote may cause a variety of unintended health problems beyond the typically mild side-effects. Most notably, mothers who took Depakote during pregnancy have given birth to babies with severe birth defects. The FDA has released warnings regarding the link between Depakote and birth injuries, which include:
- Spina bifida and other spinal defects
- Brain defects
- Malformation of face or skull
- Malformation of cardiovascular system
Depakote use during pregnancy has also been linked to fetal valproate syndrome, a condition that can cause children to develop facial deformities that may evolve over time.
In addition to these dangers, the FDA released a safety alert on May 6, 2013 stating that Depakote and other drugs like it (valproate sodium and related products, valproic acid and divalproex sodium) should not be given to pregnant women to prevent migraine headaches, as a new study has revealed that it can result in lower IQ scores in children born to women who took the drug while pregnant. In addition to issuing this alert, the FDA announced that it would be changing the warning on these drugs from “D” to “X,” indicating that the risks associated with this medication outweigh the potential benefits it could have for pregnant women looking to prevent migraines.
How We Can Help
If you are taking or have taken Depakote and you or your child has suffered any negative effects as a result, consider speaking with a Depakote lawsuit attorney as soon as possible. Your health problems could be related to taking Depakote and you may have legal grounds to pursue a lawsuit for your injuries and damages. Our experienced Depakote lawyers can investigate the details of your case to determine the best course of legal action.
A birth defect or other severe side-effect can create a significant burden on you and your loved ones, but you don’t have to go through this difficult time alone. To learn more about Depakote side-effects and your legal options, contact a Depakote lawsuit attorney of Williams Kherkher today by calling (800) 220-9341.