If you are an epileptic, suffer from migraines or are trying to lose weight, you may want to talk to your doctor before you accept a prescription for Topamax. Topamax is an anti-seizure medication that is given to epileptics. While Topamax is proven to work in preventing seizures, the drug is linked to birth defects in babies whose mothers take the pills while pregnant. The problem with this is that not all doctors know this, despite the plethora of studies proving that fact.
Young women who may become pregnant should consult their doctor before accepting a prescription for Topamax. However, it isn’t only epileptics who need to pay attention to Topamax side effects since the drug is also used to treat migraines. In addition, in 2011, a weight loss medication (Qnexa) was approved by the FDA and that pill also contains Topamax.
Women trust their doctors to make informed decisions when choosing the right drugs to prescribe. However, not all doctors know the facts, or even believe them. That is why women of childbearing age should not take Topamax or any other medications that contain Topamax. The truth is that even women who are not trying to get pregnant can find themselves unexpectedly in that position, and the use of Topamax could have dangerous effects on her unborn baby. Some of the birth defects linked to Topamax include PPHN, oral clefts, spina bifida, neural tube defects and heart, lung and brain defects. Topamax use has also been linked to autism in some studies.
If your baby has suffered from birth defects after being exposed to Topamax in-utero, contact attorney Greg Jones today for a free consultation. I am experienced at fighting Topamax lawsuits and may be able to help you recover money for your child’s injury.