In recent years, a number of studies have demonstrated that Depacon (sodium valproate) use during pregnancy is linked to increased risk for a range of serious birth defects.  This epilepsy drug by Abbott Laboratories, Inc. is often safe, but has been linked to autism, neurological birth defects, heart defects, craniofacial birth defects, and a number of other adverse fetal outcomes.

In 2011, a study by S. Gentile was published in Current Opinion in Psychiatry, titled “Drug treatment for mood disorders in pregnancy.” citing this connection further.

Among the drugs evaluated, Gentile found “valproate is the medication which shows the strongest association with fetal anomalies”, ie birth defects.  And, “An increased risk of autism-spectrum disorders and infant neurodevelopmental delay is also associated with valproate exposure through the placenta.”

Linking this drug with others that can cause birth defects, such as SSRIs and birth defects, the author concludes, “Avoiding the use of clorimipramine, paroxetine, valproate, and atypical antipsychotics during pregnancy is advisable. However, when starting or continuing pharmacological treatment during pregnancy, clinicians should consider not only the intrinsic iatrogenic risk of birth defects or perinatal complications, but also the general safety profile for the expectant mother.”  (“Paroxetine” is the chemical name for Paxil.)

Due to the fact that SSRI manufacturers and the manufacturer of Depacon have failed time and again to adequately warn users of the risk for birth defects, a number of SSRI birth defect lawsuits and Depacon birth defect lawsuits have been filed.  If you or a loved one used Depacon or Paxil during pregnancy and had a child with a congenital malformation , you may be entitled to significant financial compensation.  For a free, no-obligation case consultation contact our team of Paxil® birth defect lawyers and Depacon birth defect lawyers at the information provided below.  We have the experience, resources, and skills required to win the justice you deserve.  Call today and see how we can help.

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Our Depacon Lawsuit Information page is a great place to start if you have any questions about Depacon and our SSRI Birth Defects Lawsuit Information page is a great place to start if you have any questions about SSRIs and Birth Defects.