Depakote is a prescription medication used to control symptoms of seizures, severe migraines, and manic episodes in individuals who suffer bipolar disorder, as well as symptoms associated with neuropathy, including chronic pain.
Studies indicate that the use of Depakote during pregnancy, especially in the first trimester, is associated with a number of serious birth defects, including spina bifida.
Spina bifida is a birth defect in which the spinal cord and backbone fail to develop and remain unfused and open. If the opening is large enough, this allows a portion of the spinal cord to protrude through the opening in the bones.
Spina bifida can be surgically closed after birth, but this does not restore normal function to the affected part of the spinal cord. Spina bifida is a permanently disabling condition that can lead to associated paralysis, scoliosis, back pain, and worsening bowel and/or bladder function.
Other birth defects associated with Depakote include cleft lip and palate, limb growth defects, hypoplastic right heart syndrome, intrauterine growth restriction, fetal valproate syndrome, hypoplasia, facial dysmorphism, hand malformations, and fetal death.
If you or a loved one used Depakote while pregnant and gave birth to a child with a spina bifida or other birth defect, you may be entitled to pursue a claim against the manufacturer of Depakote for these injuries. For a free and confidential case evaluation, please call our office toll-free at (888) 747-5342 or complete our online contact form and we will promptly respond to your inquiry.