Topamax Side Effects
The migraine and epilepsy drug Topamax has been linked to an increased risk of oral cleft defects and other side effects when taken during pregnancy. The Food and Drug Administration warned in March 2011 about the dangers of taking the drug while pregnant after receiving new data about the side effects of Topamax.
According to the FDA warning, women who use Topamax while pregnant are three times more likely to give birth to a child with oral cleft defects such as a cleft lip or cleft palate than those who are treated with other epilepsy drugs. Topamax users are 21-times more likely to give birth to a child with oral cleft defects than women who did not use epilepsy medications.
The use of Topamax while pregnant may also increase the risk of serious heart defects or other birth defects. Pregnant women who took Topamax may be more likely to give birth to a child with spina bifida, persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN), craniofacial defects, limb malformations, hypospadias or other genital malformations, neural tube defects or other birth defects affecting the heart or lungs.
If you or a loved one used Topamax while pregnant and gave birth to a child with cleft lip, cleft palate, spina bifida or other side effects, contact the lawyers at Hissey Kientz, LLP to find out if you may qualify to file a lawsuit. You can reach us by calling toll-free at 1-866-275-4454, or by filling out the free case evaluation form located on this page.