Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Sodium Valporate

Just wanted to highlight the risk of sodium valporate in pregnancy... it's really important if you are on it to discuss it with your specialist if you are considering having a baby or pregnant. Don't panic and don't stop taking it without talking to a specialist but definitely discuss the alternatives. Here's an article just been published giving some of the problems associated with the drug in pregnancy.

http://thechart.blogs.cnn.com/2013/05/06/fda-warns-pregnant-women-about-epilepsy-drug/

Extract from the article:

The drug also is used to treat epileptic seizures and bipolar disorder. The agency says pregnant women taking valproate products for these conditions should only take the drug if other medications don’t work. Women who can get pregnant should only use valproate products if absolutely necessary. According to a safety communication issued by the Agency on Monday, “all non-pregnant women of childbearing age taking valproate products should use effective birth control.”

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