Topamax Linked To Birth Defects
More information has surfaced recently regarding Topamax linked to birth defects. Families with a child who developed cleft palate, cleft lip or other Topamax birth defects following the mother’s use of Topamax during pregnancy are urged to look into their legal rights including Topamax lawsuit claims. Some women who used Topamax during pregnancy were unaware that their child could develop serious Topamax birth defect problems. If you took Topamax during your pregnancy and your child develop a cleft lip or cleft palate please contact us for a free no-obligation consultation regarding your legal options and the latest Topamax lawsuits news.
The following is question and answer information based on information from the FDA for consumers related to Topamax cleft palate birth defects.
What should women do if they are currently taking topiramate?
Women taking Topamax (topiramate) should be aware that there is an increased risk of Topamax linked to birth defects involving cleft palate and cleft lip in babies exposed to topiramate during the first trimester of pregnancy. Women of childbearing age should are encouraged to speak to their medical provider about other treatment options. Women of childbearing age who do decide to continue taking topiramate and are not planning to become pregnant should use effective birth control. Because topiramate may cause certain birth control pills to work less well, women should talk to their health care providers about the best kind of birth control to use while they are taking topiramate. Women who become pregnant or are planning a pregnancy should talk to their doctor as soon as possible to talk about whether ongoing use of Topamax is appropriate.
Women should not stop taking topiramate, even if they become pregnant, unless directed to do so by a their treating doctor or healthcare professional. Stopping topiramate suddenly can cause other serious problems.
What should pregnant women do if they are currently taking topiramate?
Pregnant women who are already taking Topamax should get in contact with their doctor as soon as possible to go over the risks and benefits of continuing use of the medication including discussing alternative treatment options that are more appropriate for use during pregnancy that do not carry the increased risk of Topamax birth defects involving cleft palate and cleft lip or other birth defects. Pregnant women should not stop taking topiramate unless directed to do so by a healthcare professional. Stopping topiramate suddenly can cause serious problems. Not treating epilepsy during pregnancy can be harmful to women and their developing infants.
Pregnant women should also talk to their healthcare providers about registering with the North American Antiepileptic Drug (NAAED) Pregnancy Registry. The NAAED Pregnancy Registry collects information about outcomes in infants born to women treated with antiepileptic drugs during pregnancy. Patients can enroll in this registry by calling 1-888-233-2334.
Topamax Birth Defect Lawyer
If you or a loved one used Topamax while pregnant, and have a child who was born with a cleft palate, cleft lip or other Topamax birth defects, you may be eligible to file a Topamax lawsuit. We are a national firm that is currently investigating cases for our clients. Please call us for a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss your legal options and the latest Topamax birth defects lawsuit news.