[WEB SITE] Briefing: Epilepsy and pregnancy

Epilepsy drug Sodium valproate has been linked to birth defects

Epilepsy drug Sodium valproate has been linked to birth defects

  • There are more than 20 epilepsy drugs now available to clinicians.
  • Some are known to interfere with the contraceptive pill, so it is important to ensure patients are on the right medication if there is a risk of unplanned pregnancy.

Read more: Women with epilepsy urged to seek medical advice before conceiving

– Women with epilepsy who take anti-epileptic drugs are at higher risk than the general population of having a baby with a major malformation: 4-10 per cent, compared to 2-3 per cent, but this varies between drugs.

– In April, doctors in the UK were banned from prescribing the epilepsy drug sodium valproate to women of childbearing age unless they sign a waiver acknowledging the risks. It has been linked to around 20,000 cases of infants being born with disabilities since the 1970s.

 

via Briefing: Epilepsy and pregnancy | HeraldScotland

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