The prescription medication Depakote can cause a number of birth defects, potentially life-threatening side effects and even death. Unfortunately, this medication was prescribed to pregnant women as far back as the 1980s, decades before the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) warned consumers about the risks.
If you or a loved one has suffered severe side effects from Depakote, it is important to understand your legal rights. You may be able to file a Depakote lawsuit and obtain compensation for all of the suffering you have experienced, medically, financially and otherwise.
The Nye Law Group’s Depakote lawyers will review your claim for free and explain all of the legal options available to you. We have the years of experience and the depth of knowledge that you need to help you recover all of the compensation you are entitled.
Our Depakote lawyers do not charge attorney’s fees or other legal costs unless we obtain fair compensation or a favorable verdict.
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Birth Defects from Depakote
Depakote was often prescribed to pregnant women to manage seizures, mood imbalances and migraine headaches. However, a 2006 study published in Neurology Journal revealed that the drug had a high likelihood of causing life-threatening birth defects.
Approximately 20 percent of pregnant Depakote users in the study had babies with severe birth defects, including:
- Cleft palate
- Spina bifida
- Neural tube defects
- Pulmonary stenosis
- Abnormal limbs
- Atrial septal defects
The FDA added a black-box warning to Depakote packaging after this study was published, and the organization has issued more warnings since then.
In Dec. 2009, the FDA released a drug alert stating that Depakote, Depakote CP and Depakote ER carried an increased risk of neural tube defects in newborn babies.
Two years later, the FDA issued a warning citing studies showing that children of mothers who took Depakote while pregnant often had lower scores on IQ and cognitive tests compared to children of mothers who did not take the drug.
If your child suffered these or any other birth defects, seek immediate legal representation from a reputable Depakote lawyer. You could receive compensation through a Depakote lawsuit against the drug manufacturer.
The Nye Law Group’s lawyers have achieved justice for many people who were injured by dangerous drugs. We are committed to defending regular people who have been harmed by the negligent or intentional actions of drug companies and manufacturers.
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Depakote Causes Liver Damage and Pancreatitis
Taking Depakote can also cause serious damage to the liver and the pancreas. If you experience any of these symptoms, it could be a sign or liver damage or pancreatitis:
- Upper stomach pain
- Clay-colored stool
- Yellowing of the eyes or skin
- Blood in urine
- Flu-like symptoms (fever, chills, swollen glands)
- Unexplained weakness
Depakote can also cause symptoms that seem less severe but could be indications of potentially life-threatening allergies, drug interactions or other complications. Less severe symptoms include:
- Changes in menstruation
- Vision problems
- Back pain
- Less frequent urination
- Feeling extremely drowsy
- Suicidal thoughts
- Severe skin reactions
- Lack of coordination
All of these symptoms require immediate medical attention to find out what is wrong. In addition to treating your symptoms, your doctor might be able to find a suitable alternative to Depakote.
Consult the knowledgeable Depakote lawyers at The Nye Law Group to find out if you can recover compensation through a Depakote lawsuit.
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Consult The Nye Law Group About a Depakote Lawsuit
If you or your children have suffered health problems because of Depakote, the drug manufacturer should be held accountable for failing to warn you about the dangers of this drug.
The Nye Law Group’s Depakote lawyers have a successful track record of battling drug manufacturers that sold medications that caused patients and their loved ones to suffer. We are solely dedicated to helping victims like you achieve justice and compensation for the physical, emotional and financial damages you experienced because of another’s reckless or intentional actions.
In a Depakote lawsuit, you could recover compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other expenses.
Call 855-856-4212 to review your legal options.