Skip to content
Birth Defects Linked to Valproic Acid
Andie_WebMD_Staff posted:
6 Birth Defects More Common in Pregnant Women Who Take Epilepsy Drug

Women with epilepsy who take valproic acid during the first trimester of pregnancy are more likely to have children with birth defects than women who took other epilepsy drugs or no medicine to control their seizures during pregnancy.

Valproic acid is also used to treat other illnesses, including bipolar disorder and migraines. Brand names include Depakote , Depakene, Depacon, and Stavzor .

Almost 3 million people in the U.S. have some form of epilepsy, according to the ....

Read full article...
Was this Helpful?
11 of 19 found this helpful

Spotlight: Member Stories

I started ttcing on 4/10 discovered after 4 months discovered hormonal problem took prednisone got pregnant 10/3/10 on 11/11/10 found out not hearbeat...More

Helpful Tips

Email Digests Are Back!
Don't get to your favorite boards every day? We're all busy, so sometimes it is nice to have your board come to you. WebMD Community now ... More
Was this Helpful?
11 of 21 found this helpful

Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.