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Please note: the information on this page is provided for informational purposes only. As of 2013, Simmons Hanly Conroy is no longer accepting cases involving Depakote.

Depakote (divalproex sodium) is an anti-seizure medication manufactured by Abbot Laboratories. It is marketed under the brand names: Depakote, Depakote ER and Depakote sprinkles. The use of the epilepsy drug Depakote and similar dangerous drugs have been linked to an increased risk of birth defects and malformations, including cleft palate, spina bifida and deformed limbs and skulls.

Depakote Dangers

In a seven year study conducted at a Boston area hospital, Depakote was shown to cause major birth defects in women who took the drug while pregnant. Additionally, it has been linked to pancreatitis and hepatic failure.

Depakote can cause life-threatening problems. Dangerous side effects may include:

  • Pancreatitis
  • Liver failure
  • Cleft palate
  • Deformed arteries
  • Heart defects in infants
  • Malformed genitals in infants

Children who develop serious birth defects as a result of taking Depakote can face a lifetime of medical needs and special care. Our Depakote lawyers project may be able to help you demand compensation for the medical equipment, surgery and other costs associated with your child’s care.

There has not yet been a Depakote recall. However, the FDA has Depakote listed as a pregnancy category D, which is a warning that means:

There is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.

Learn more about the symptoms and side effects associated with Depakote.

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