Topamax in Louisiana
More than 32 million prescriptions for Topamax have been filled since January 2007 – many in Louisiana. Topamax is an anti-convulsant used to treat certain types of seizures in persons who have epilepsy. It is also used to prevent migraines. The chemical name for Topamax is Topiramate, and its generic name is Topiragen.
Topamax is used to treat epileptic seizures in children and adults. In addition, Topamax is frequently prescribed to help prevent migraine headaches. Topamax is sold in tablet form, as well as a sprinkle capsule.
Topamax Birth Defects
According to a 2008 scientific study, taking Topamax significantly increases the risk of birth defects, such as cleft lip and cleft palate. The study reviewed more than 200 pregnancies – and of the 178 babies born, 16 had major birth defects. The rate of oral clefts in women taking Topamax was 11 times more prevalent than the normal rate.
Due to these and other serious side effects, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requested a review of Topamax birth defects on January 21, 2011. As a result of this and other studies, FDA issued an increased warning for patients taking Topamax. The FDA notified healthcare providers and patients of an increased risk of development of oral clefts (cleft lip or cleft palate) in infants born to women treated with Topamax during pregnancy. Due to updated human data that shows an increased risk for oral deformities, the warning was raised to Pregnancy Category D. Pregnancy Category D means there is positive evidence of human fetal risk.
Louisiana Topamax Attorneys
Patients in Louisiana who took Topamax during pregnancy can request a free legal consultation from the law firm of O'Hanlon, McCollom and Demerath – an experienced products liability firm who is working to hold these manufacturers accountable for the dangerous drug.
At O'Hanlon, McCollom & Demerath, we provide free, no-obligation initial legal consultations. There are no fees unless we recover money for you. Our knowledge and experience of Louisiana products liability law assists us in tackling all types of Topamax cases. If you live in Louisiana, and have an injury due to Topamax, and need to talk to an experienced nationwide attorney, contact our law firm today.