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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

FDA releases info about link between Topamax and clefts

"The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is informing the public of new data that show that there is an increased risk for the development of cleft lip and/or cleft palate (oral clefts) in infants born to women treated with topiramate (Topamax and generic products) during pregnancy."

Topamax is an anti-seizure drug that is also prescribed for migraine headaches.

You can read the entire FDA announcement here:

I am sure that for anyone who took this drug and did have a child with a cleft, this announcement is a difficult one. When a medicine is involved there can be a lot of guilt and anger that comes. Remember - we all do our best for our children, and that is all we can do!

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