Topamax Birth Defect Risks
If you’ve ever experienced a migraine, you know it’s much more than a headache. They can be debilitating, and although several medications have been released over the years that subdue some of the discomfort, there’s not a lot that can be done to relieve the pain other than time. One popular medication is Topamax, also known as topiramate. Along with treating migraines, Topamax was also designed to treat epilepsy and has been prescribed to induce weight loss as well. Unfortunately, along with its many uses comes serious side effects that can change expectant mothers’ lives forever.
Topamax has been linked to an increased risk of serious birth defects, including:
- Cleft Lip—the top lip fails to close while in the womb.
- Cleft Palate—the roof of a child’s mouth fails to close.
Both of these birth defects make it difficult for the newborn child to breastfeed and can require extensive corrective surgery to fix.
If your child suffered birth defects after you took Topamax while pregnant, you may be entitled to significant compensation from the manufacturer. The simple fact is you would never have taken the medication if you had been warned of its potential impact to your child and you deserve justice for the damage it has done. Call our experienced Topamax injury lawyers today for a free evaluation of your claim.