Things You Should Know About Topamax®

Topamax® is a drug used for the treatment of seizures in epileptic patients. It is also sometimes used for migraine prevention. The medication has been under fire lately after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) informed the public of data that links the drug to the development of birth defects.

The following are some things you should know if you are taking this medication:

  • Topamax® increases an infant’s risk of developing cleft lip and/or cleft palate if its mother takes the medication during the first trimester of pregnancy. Oral clefts are malformations in the upper lip and/or roof of the mouth.
  • Women taking Topamax® should not stop using the medication without consulting a doctor.
  • Topamax® has been placed into Pregnancy Category D, which means it has been proven to cause birth defects in humans.
  • The label has been strengthened to reflect the birth defect risk.
  • Topamax® patients of childbearing age should take an effective form of contraception to prevent pregnancy.
  • The effects of taking Topamax® while breastfeeding are unknown.
  • Talk to your doctor about alternative medications if you are pregnant or are planning to become pregnant.

If your baby is born with a cleft lip or cleft palate and you were prescribed Topamax® during your first trimester, contact our Topamax® birth defect lawyers for help.