Depakote is an anticonvulsant commonly used the treatment of epilepsy, migraines and bipolar disorders. The active ingredient in this drug is Valproic Sodium which can have serious side effects. Despite documented adverse effects, it remains on the market and has been prescribed to millions of people since 1983.
Depakote Adverse Effects
Hepatotoxicity, drug or chemical-induced injury to the liver, is one of the most serious adverse effect associated with this drug. According to Drugs.com these incidents usually have occurred during the first six months of treatment.
Studies have revealed that the use of valproate sodium (Depakote) while pregnant has an increased risk of neural tube defects and other major malformations. Neural Tube Defects, including Spina Bifida which can cause physical and intellectual disabilities that range from mild to severe.
Pancreatitis, inflammation of the pancreas including fatal hemorrhagic cases.
The FDA issued a safety announcement in 2013 about the use of valproate sodium, including Depakote, and the risk of birth defects. Many lawsuits have been filed siting valproate sodium as responsible for the birth defect in children whose mothers took Depakote while pregnant.
A lawsuit is often necessary to maximize the settlement value of your case since often the defendants in these cases are well-funded corporations. These cases are highly complex and require the support of qualified medical evidence to support claims for damages. The use of an experienced dangerous drug attorney is crucial to getting the settlement you deserve.
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When a dangerous drug causes personal injury or wrongful death, we believe that the victims deserve complete compensation. If you feel you or a loved one are suffering the adverse effects of Depakote The Dysart Law Firm, P.C. is dedicated to getting you the best results possible.