Fitness and health 20.4.2017 01:42 pm

Epilepsy drug behind up to 4 100 ‘severe birth defects’ in France

Women who took the drug during pregnancy to treat epilepsy were four times more likely to give birth to babies with congenital malformations.

The epilepsy medication valproate is responsible for “severe malformations” in 2,150 to 4,100 children in France since the drug was first marketed in the country in 1967, according to a preliminary study by French health authorities.

Epilepsy drug behind up to 4 100 ‘severe birth defects’ in France
Epilepsy drug behind up to 4 100 ‘severe birth defects’ in France

Epilepsy drug behind up to 4 100 ‘severe birth defects’ in France

Women who took the drug during pregnancy to treat epilepsy were four times more likely to give birth to babies with congenital malformations.

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