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Valproate Drugs Linked to Lower IQ and Cognitive Birth Defects
Valproate products are FDA-approved drugs used to treat seizures and manic or mixed episodes associated with bipolar disorder (manic-depressive disorder), and to prevent migraine headaches. They are also used off-label (for unapproved uses) for other conditions, particularly for other psychiatric conditions.
Valproate Family of Drugs
- Depacon (Abbott Laboratories)
- Depakote (Abbott Laboratories)
- Depakote CP (Abbott Laboratories)
- Depakote ER (Abbott Laboratories)
- Depakene (Abbott Laboratories)
- Stabzor (Banner PharmaCaps, Inc.)
The family of Valproate drugs also includes the generic version of each of these drugs
Risks / Side Effects of Valproates
By age 6, babies exposed to Valproates in the womb have exhibited the following:
- IQ’s 7-10 points lower than those who were not exposed
- Reduced language skills
- Reduced memory capacity
- Neural tube defects
- Craniofacial abnormalities
- Cardiovascular malformations
Babies whose mothers took alternate anti-seizure medications did not experience these side effects.
Valproate News and Updates
May 6, 2013 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned women who struggle tith migraine headaches to avoid all medicines containing the ingredient Valproate because it can lower IQ scores of their children. The new warning was issued after a study found that children whose mothers took Valproate drugs to protect against epilepsy during pregnancy scored eight to 11 points lower on IQ tests at age 6 than children who were exposed to other antiepileptic drugs in the womb.
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