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Anticonvulsant Topamax May Cause Birth Defects

As anticonvulsant drugs like Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceuticals’ Topamax become more and more popular in the United States, drug regulators are warning consumers that these medications may be linked to major birth defects when taken during pregnancy. Topamax was approved by the FDA in 1996 as a treatment for epilepsy, and was additionally approved in 2004 to prevent migraine headaches. The active ingredient in Topamax is topiramate, and the drug functions by … read more

Exercise Equally as Effective in Treating Migraines as Topamax?

A Swedish study published this year in the journal Cephalalgia indicated that exercise may be an effective option for preventing or treating migraine headaches in patients who want to avoid the possible side effects of migraine drugs like Topamax. According to researchers, forty minutes of exercise three times a week was as effective as taking the prescription migraine medication, topiramate (Topamax). This groundbreaking study is particularly important for pregnant women … read more

Topamax Birth Defect Lawsuits Centralized in Philadelphia

All Topamax lawsuits filed in Pennsylvania by families who claim that taking the anti-epileptic drug during pregnancy caused their children to be born with major birth defects are centralized in Philadelphia for pretrial proceedings. The Topamax complaints involve similar allegations that Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical, a subsidiary of pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson, failed to adequately research the pregnancy risks associated with the seizure and migraine medication, and also failed to warn … read more

Topiramate Birth Defect Risks May Lead to Lawsuits

With the release of new studies investigating potential topiramate birth defect risks, topiramate lawsuits may be filed by women who took topiramate during pregnancy. According to an emerging body of research, infants whose mothers take topiramate while pregnant may be at risk of developing one or more major birth defects, including cleft lip and cleft palate. Women who took topiramate during pregnancy and subsequently gave birth to a child with … read more

Topamax Birth Defect Rates Still in Question

Although a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association indicates that the use of newer antiepileptic drugs during the first trimester of pregnancy was not associated with an increased risk of severe birth defects, the study faces major limitations. For instance, only about 100 of the 800,000 women included in the study who took an antiepileptic drug during pregnancy took Topamax (topiramate). While experts … read more

Hypospadias Birth Defects May Result from Topamax Use During Pregnancy

The genital birth defect, hypospadias, may be associated with the use of Topamax during pregnancy, an antiepileptic drug used to treat epilepsy and other conditions. Unfortunately, birth defects like hypospadias are rather serious and can lead to significant complications in the future if left untreated. The families of children born with hypospadias birth defects may need help from Topamax lawyers in order to seek financial compensation for their child’s … read more

Dental and Hearing Complications of Topamax Oral Clefts

According to data provided by the North American Antiepileptic Drug Pregnancy Registry, women who take Topamax during pregnancy may significantly increase their risk of giving birth to infants with a Topamax oral cleft. Despite the altered physical appearance associated with birth defects like cleft lip and cleft palate, these congenital malformations may also cause a number of other medical complications, including hearing issues and dental problems.

Oral Cleft Medical … read more

Migraine Headache Medication Can Possibly Lead to Birth Defects

Topamax is a medication that’s manufactured by Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical and it’s been used by millions of people to help treat the symptoms of epilepsy and of migraine headaches. Unfortunately, many women who have used this medication were not aware of the risks involved with using Topamax in pregnancy, and they eventually needed the help of Topamax attorneys as a result. Below you’ll find a brief discussion Topamax migraine risks and … read more

Newer Antiepileptic Drugs Have Much Less Risk of Birth Defects

Topamax is a medication that’s used by many people to help control the symptoms and seizures associated with epilepsy. This drug has been successful in terms of its results for many people, but unlike other antiepileptic drugs, people who have encountered the need for Topamax attorneys because of problems  after using this medication. Specifically, these problems have centered on alleged Topamax birth defects that develop in infants whose mothers used … read more

Topamax Effects in Women May Lead to Birth Defects

People who suffer from health conditions such as epilepsy need help from many different sources in order to minimize the dangers associated with these seizure disorders. In recent years, more and more people have begun to use medications that help minimize the number and severity of seizures that occur, and one of the leading medications in this regard is Topamax also known as Topiragen. Unfortunately, alleged Topamax effects in … read more