Topamax Can Cause Birth Defects

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned that Topamax, a drug used to treat epilepsy, can cause birth defects in babies, if it is used by pregnant women. Regulators found that there were more cases of cleft palates and cleft lips in infants, whose mothers had used Topamax during pregnancy.

The FDA has advised doctors to reconsider the risks and benefits of Topamax, before prescribing it to pregnant women. Topamax is used to treat epilepsy-related seizures and also to prevent migraines. Johnson & Johnson, which markets the drug, will henceforth be required to warn about the danger of this drug to pregnant women and their babies.

The FDA has advised that women using Topamax, also called topiramate, should consult their doctor if they plan to become pregnant. The FDA’s dire announcement has affected the stock of Vivus Inc., which makes Topamax.

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