Epilepsy drugs linked to birth defects
Jun 12, 2019
According to a study, pregnant women who take drugs for epilepsy have a higher risk of giving birth to children with congenital disabilities such as spina bifida and cleft lip. The chemical components in question are valproic acid and topiramate, which are found in commonly prescribed epilepsy drugs; women who take them in the first two months of pregnancy can dangerously affect their baby. It was found that a 19% risk was more prominent when consuming the drugs; the study was tested in almost 2 million pregnancies. Doctors are encouraging the medical community to look for alternative medication for pregnant women with epilepsy. Birth control has also been shown as an influential factor in relation to epilepsy drugs.